recent story headlined “You Can’t Stay Here” [May 3] about
a demonstration in front of the Albany Medical Center by mental-health
advocates correctly noted that recent actions by the Capital
District Psychiatric Center have jeopardized the joint program
of psychiatric care that has been offered by CDPC and the
Albany Medical Center. We remain encouraged, however, by signs
that the new state administration recognizes the need for
collaborative discussions to ensure the most appropriate evolution
of the Capital Region’s system for caring for those with psychiatric
Unfortunately, your story also contained a false depiction
of conditions on E2 and E3 where psychiatric patients are
cared for—comparing the units to a “run down car.” Nothing
could be further from the truth. While the E Building is one
of our older structures, it is well-maintained and clean and
the staff is dedicated, caring and highly professional. In
fact, more than $300,000 in renovations were done to E2 alone
in the past year. The hospital worked cooperatively with the
Office of Mental Health to incorporate their recommendations
regarding specific materials and fixtures for this renovation
project. Neither the state Health Department or the Joint
Commission have cited the Medical Center for deficiencies
in this regard. In the future, we would appreciate being given
the opportunity to respond to such misrepresentations.
McGarry Vice President for Communications
Albany Medical Center, Albany
just finished reading “Gun Crazy” [Reckonings, April 26].
In response to Jo Page’s request for confirmation, “Out of
respect to the mourning families of the victims of the largest
mass shooting in U.S. history we should postpone any talk
of policy change?” I say, “Bravo, Jo.” To quote Gloria Steinem,
“Logic is in the eye of the logician.” Thank you Ms. Page
for calling out bullshit when you see it.
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