United Helpers CEO Stephen Knight presents the Partners in Quality Award to Assemblymember Addie J. Russell.
CANTON -- United Helpers has recognized Sen. Patricia Ritchie and Assemblymember Addie Russell with the “Partners in Quality” award for their work in securing and preserving high-quality services for New York’s seniors.
The “Partners in Quality” award was created by LeadingAge New York, a statewide association that calls itself “a powerful, respected and influential force in the New York political arena. LeadingAge New York vigilantly monitors the pulse of state government, and a number of LeadingAge New York staff members are registered lobbyists.”
LeadingAge New York and Unite Helpers hosted the campaign event at the Best Western in Canton.
Both Ritchie, Republican state senator representing the 45th Senate District, and Russell, a Democrat from the 118th Assembly District, are running for re-election in November.
Specifically, the award recognizes Sen. Ritchie and Assemblymember Russell for their accessibility and willingness to discuss the organizations’ priorities and issues of importance that effect the one thousand people United Helpers serves daily, and the nearly 1,000 employed by the United Helpers.
“The health care landscape is changing rapidly,” said United Helpers CEO Stephen E. Knight. “Providers can adjust operationally, but we need knowledgeable and committed legislators to help change the rules that no longer apply or impede necessary change.”
Sen. Ritchie and Assemblymember Russell sponsored legislation that would allow specially trained certified nurses assistants to administer medications under the supervision of a registered nurse in skilled nursing facilities. This legislation will allow for more flexible standards as the state adjusts towards managed care, while creating opportunities for “direct care workers.”
LeadingAge New York President James W. Clyne Jr. said, “This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to public officials who work hard every day to ensure our members can do what they do best – which is provide the highest quality care to frail elderly and disabled populations. Presenting lawmakers with this award lets all elected officials know their constituents are paying attention to the decisions that are being made in the long term care field across the state. And it thanks them for making decisions that help us do our important work in the best possible way.”