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Ellis Medicine Named a Preferred Provider for Sept. 11 Responders

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ellis Welcomes Emergency Responders Aug. 25-26 at Town Hall Event in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Ellis Medicine, the Schenectady-based healthcare system, has been designated a Preferred Provider for Sept. 11 first responders and is co-hosting a two-day event Aug. 25 and 26 to welcome emergency responders and familiarize them with Ellis’ facilities and its services.
Ellis’ designation as a Preferred Provider is part the World Trade Center Health Program. Ellis has partnered with Logistics Health Inc. (LHI), which is contracted through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide and coordinate care for the program. The WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who helped after the terrorist 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The program also covers those who responded to the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Within Ellis, services through the WTC Health Program are being administered by EllisWorks, the organization’s center for occupational health.
“Ellis is honored to be named a Preferred Provider for these brave men and women,” said Dr. Carolyn Jones-Assini, Ellis’ Chair of Internal Medicine and head of EllisWorks who is overseeing the local program. “This is an important initiative on many levels. First, providing care to those who have sacrificed so much for our country is essential. We have an obligation. It’s also important for us as a society to track this population so we can better understand the effects that these types of tragic events have on the body. That understanding is essential so we are better prepared in the future. What we learn today can help us better protect tomorrow’s first responders.”
In the wake of 9/11 and the collapse of the World Trade Center, first responders in New York City were exposed to a toxic mix of dust — the remnants of concrete, glass, electronics, plastics and other materials. Since then, there has been growing concern over the long-term effects of exposure to this dust, which can lead to a range of health problems, from respiratory illnesses to cancer. 
Immediately after the attacks, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders from across the country volunteered and traveled to Ground Zero to assist in rescue and cleanup efforts. Within a 120-mile radius of Schenectady, there are approximately 1,200 first responders who are registered with the WTC Health Program. Overall, the program serves 10,700 members nationwide.
In order to educate members, LHI is co-hosting the Town Hall event with Ellis Medicine. This is a chance for first responders to meet each other and share experiences. They’ll also familiarize themselves with the Preferred Provider facility and meet with a LHI case manager who will help coordinate care. 
About the WTC Health Program Event
Where: Graham Auditorium 
Ellis Hospital 
1101 Nott St. 
Schenectady, NY 12308
When:   4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25
9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 26
About EllisWorks, Inc.
EllisWorks is Ellis Medicine’s Center for Occupational Medicine and provides health services for more than 400 businesses across the United States and 200-plus businesses in the Capital Region. EllisWorks combines the medical expertise, occupational health services and resources of Ellis Medicine into a comprehensive occupational health program available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
EllisWorks offers a range of services, among them:
Prevention, Treatment and Management of Work-Related Injury and Illness
Physical Exams and Screenings (DOT, Hazmat, Firefighter, Healthcare workers, etc.)
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Travel Medicine and Immunizations
Medical Surveillance 
About Ellis Medicine
Ellis Medicine is a 438-bed community and teaching healthcare system serving New York’s Capital Region. With four campuses — Ellis Hospital, McClellan Street Health Center, Bellevue Woman’s Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park — five additional service locations, 3,500 employees and more than 700 members of its medical staff, Ellis Medicine is proud to provide a lifetime of care for patients. Ellis offers an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient services — including cardiac, cancer, emergency, neuroscience and women’s services.



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