FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Doctors Council SEIU is pleased that Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed two important commissioners to lead the delivery of healthcare services in New York City. Last week’s appointment of Dr. Mary Bassett as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and today’s appointment of Dr. Ramanathan Raju as the President of the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) comes at a time of significant change to healthcare in New York City.
In addition to representing the doctors working in New York City’s HHC and the DOHMH, Doctors Council SEIU also represents the doctors working in Chicago’s Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS).
2014 promises to be a landmark year for public healthcare issues in the City, including the introduction of recent legislation that expands paid sick leave benefits to working men and women, which Doctors Council SEIU, as a union for doctors and voice for patients, strongly supports. The voices of patients in our communities must be heard, as well as the doctors and other healthcare professionals that provide care throughout the City. We need to work together to ensure that timely access to patient care services in our communities is protected, as well as our hospitals and clinics.
Doctors Council SEIU is looking forward to working with DOHMH Commissioner Bassett and HHC President Raju in continuing to improve the delivery of public healthcare in our City and supporting the doctors and healthcare workers that work at HHC hospitals and facilities, as well as city agencies across New York.
About Doctors Council SEIU
Doctors Council SEIU, a professional organization for doctors, is the nation’s oldest and largest union of attending physicians and dentists in the United States, with members in New York City, and in states across the country. Formed in 1973, Doctors Council SEIU is a union for doctors and a voice for patients, and represents attending physicians and dentists at Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) facilities and hospitals, including doctors employed by the affiliates New York University School of Medicine, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY). HHC is the largest public hospital system in the nation. Doctors Council SEIU also represents doctors in the New York City Mayoral agencies including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as well as doctors working at Rikers Island, the largest correctional facility in the nation. Affiliated with SEIU, Doctors Council SEIU is a national union representing doctors employed in the public and private sectors.