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“It’s a big deal”: Unvaxxed Healthcare workers take toll on NY hospitals

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Eligible hospital workers who choose to be unvaccinated are causing financial pain and patient inconvenience across the Empire State.

It’s now mandatory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated, but not all are willing to roll up their sleeves.

In another blow to New York’s hospital sector, eligible healthcare workers who choose to be unvaccinated risk suspension and even dismissal as President Joe Biden ramps up efforts to mandate vaccines across the country.

As a result, hospitals across the state are facing staff shortages with some surgeries to postpone elective procedures or curtail services.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says concerns continue to escalate for other parts of the state where vaccination rates are lower, with Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo suspending elective inpatient surgeries and no longer accepting external ICU patients.

Spokesperson for the center, Peter Cutler says hundreds of unvaccinated employees are facing termination, largely inconveniencing patients and hurting hospital finances as they prepare to lose millions of dollars to cancelled elective surgeries.

“We had to make a decision as to where we could temporarily make some changes so that we could ensure other areas of services are as little affected as possible,” Cutler says.

“Financially, it’s a big deal.”

Fortunately, some have reached full compliance

Meanwhile spokesperson JoAnne Cavanaugh for one of the largest healthcare providers in the state’s west, Catholic Health, says hospital staff have reached full compliance.

Those who remained unvaccinated without a legitimate exemption, faced suspension without pay.

Cavanaugh refused to state how many workers were suspended and the number of employees granted exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.

Healthcare workers warned since August

Healthcare workers from the Empire State were issued an order by the health department in August that vaccines were mandatory for all employees.

They had until today to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, rushing hospitals to put a rush on inoculating their employees.

Those that choose to remain unvaccinated and are fired from their position as a result, won’t be eligible for unemployment insurance unless able to provide a valid doctor-approved request.

Of the 43,000 employees at New York’s 11 public hospitals, 5,000 eligible staff remain unvaccinated, Dr. Mitchell Katz, head of NYC Health and Hospitals says.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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