Merger threatens end-of-life comfort
This proposed merger between Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners greatly concerns New Yorkers like me who advocate for improving and expanding end-of-life care options.
As your Sept. 17 article (“One woman denied is unacceptable”) notes: “St. Peter’s Health is part of Michigan-based Trinity Health, which … conforms to the U.S. Conference of Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.”
These directives specify: “In principle, there is an obligation to provide patients with food and water, including medically assisted nutrition and hydration for those who cannot take food orally.
“This obligation extends to patients in chronic and presumably irreversible conditions (e.g., the ‘persistent vegetative state’) who can reasonably be expected to live indefinitely if given such care.”
In direct contrast, studies show most people want to die at home, without pain, and surrounded by loved ones, not kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.
In my experience advocating for terminally ill New Yorkers, they are desperate for end-of-life care that eases their suffering and allows them a more peaceful, natural death.
Denying these legal options —like voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, palliative sedation, and withdrawal of care — will prolong the dying process and cause incredible suffering.
The proposed new Ellis/St. Peter’s Health Partners System would put physicians and other healthcare providers in the untenable position of having to explain to patients why they are being denied care that would give them comfort and peace.
It is not only alarming — it’s nothing short of unconscionable.
Corinne Carey, Esq.
The writer is New York State director of Compassion & Choices.
Vote for Spa Dems to move city ahead
How important is it to vote on Nov. 2? Local elections have a huge impact on your day-to-day life affecting your local schools, roads, land-use, environment, and businesses.
They resonate towards the entire nation and in return, your local officials have affected them.
Local candidates often rise to state, even national office. In January, some of the local Saratoga County Republican committee went to the Jan. 6 protest in Washington, in which insurrectionists attempted to disrupt the certification of our national election process. Five people were killed.
Recently, they attempted to locally sponsor Scott Presler, an anti-Muslim speaker and “insurrectionist” who is being investigated by the U.S. Select Committee on the Jan. 6th Insurrection.
Mr. Presler promotes the big lie about the election being stolen. By inviting Mr. Presler, our Saratoga County Republican Committee has condoned this dangerous rhetoric.
Local mayoral candidates claiming to be independent, but endorsed by the Republican committee, are too close to this activity.
I believe a two-party system as healthy discourse on local issues moves us forward. This isn’t happening right now.
Row A Democratic slate of experienced candidates include Ron Kim, Jim Montagnino, Minita Sanghvi, Dillon Moran, Domenique Yermolayev, Tara Gaston, and Shaun Wiggins. Learn more at saratogadems.org.
The writer is chairperson of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee.
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