Roswell Park is only WNY hospital to take part in statewide pilot program for visitors


MANHASSET, N.Y. (WIVB) — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute will be western New York’s only hospital to take part in a new pilot program for hospital visitations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday morning that the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State are implementing the two-week program in 16 hospitals across the state.

The program will allow increased visitation opportunities for family members and loved ones of patients.

While the program is in place, visits will be time-limited. Visitors will be provided personal protective equipment, like masks, which they must wear. They’ll also be subject to symptom and temperature checks.

Candace S. Johnson, PhD, Roswell Park President and CEO released a statement regarding the program this afternoon:

“We welcome and applaud the pilot hospital visitation program announced by Governor Cuomo today, and are pleased to help lead this important effort. Meaningful contact and connection with loved ones can be enormously important for cancer patients and can even help support their recovery, so we welcome the opportunity to be a resource to New York State and hospitals everywhere as we develop best practices on how to safely reintegrate some of the comforts and supports our patients were able to take advantage of before the COVID crisis.”

Roswell officials say they are still determining the details of how and when they will begin to expand the ability for loved ones to visit inpatients who are admitted to Roswell Park.

Here is the full list of hospitals involved in the program:

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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