The Premier Voice of Upstate New York Hospitals and Health Systems

The Iroquois Mission

To serve as a resource and leader to support our members and the communities they serve through advocacy, education, information, cost-saving initiatives and business solutions.

IHA is a nonprofit regional healthcare trade organization
representing more than 50 hospitals and health systems (rural, small community safety-net providers to large, academic medical centers),
spanning over 28,000 square miles,
across 32 counties of Upstate NY                

IHA’s Advocacy Team represents member interests and communicates with key decision-makers, promoting a broader understanding of, and building support for, the health care systems serving Upstate NY

IHA conducts a number of initiatives on behalf of its membership, including data collection, workforce projects, emergency preparedness and many other member benefit programs

IHA is responsible for the creation of the Caring Gene® - a brand and international award-winning multi-media campaign designed to address the dire long-term caregiver shortage

United Iroquois Shared Services (UISS) is a regional group purchasing organization representing the interests of acute, non-acute and non-healthcare facilities - Your Total Cost Management Solution for Supplies and Purchased Services

We’re Hiring – Human Resources Manager

We have an exciting opportunity available for a Human Resources (HR) Manager for our growing team of professionals. Our current workforce will grow our team by 10 employees in the next six months.

The HR Manager implements and provides guidance on HR programs and initiatives and is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the administration of all human resources policies, procedures and programs. The HR Manager will report to the Chief Financial Officer.

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A special THANK YOU to our 2024 Iroquois Annual Meeting Sponsors!

CEO Roundtable Sponsors: Upstate Works | MLMIC
Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Dinner Beverages Sponsor: Financial Quest Retirement Plan Services
After Dinner Networking Sponsors: Fust Charles | Park Strategies | US Foods | Withum | Lippes Mathias
Giveaway Sponsor: SpendMend
IHA Board ‘Break’ Sponsor: Berkshire Bank
Cigar Sponsor: TBM – Total Benefit Management

Half of a Million Dollars Granted to Iroquois Healthcare Association to Award Healthcare Scholarships

The Iroquois Healthcare Association has distributed scholarship awards for the third year in-a-row to essential health care workers to continue their education.

The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) has been granted $500,000 by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCHF) to support the third year of a scholarship fund. The fund aims to provide staffing relief to healthcare providers experiencing severe workforce shortages. The program is currently helping 28 hospitals in Upstate New York, invest in their employees and secure their futures.

In this third year of funding, the scholarship fund will support low-income and/or diverse hospital workers looking to earn a degree or certification in one of the following areas: RN, Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Medical Tech, and Surgical Tech.
Staffing shortages lead to staff burnout and can limit access to care, which can threaten the ability for hospitals to provide full services. IHA facilitated this program to give member hospitals the opportunity to express their gratitude to their employees and encourage healthcare workers to remain in the field and continue providing care in Upstate New York providers.

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Iroquois President and CEO, Gary Fitzgerald, Statement on Executive Budget Proposal
 
(Clifton Park, NY) – The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) and our Upstate and rural hospitals and health systems are grappling with significantly negative operating margins, ever escalating costs, and a long-enduring staffing shortage. This is why IHA has been urging state leaders to build on the rate increases included in the last budget cycle to stabilize healthcare in these communities. Just weeks ago, the Hochul administration publicly promised to preserve Medicaid spending. Jarringly, this budget proposal fails to reflect that promise, and it fails to recognize the fiscal crisis our hospitals are facing. The Governor and the Legislature must eliminate these proposed budget cuts. IHA calls on State leaders to reject proposed cuts and build upon the path to recovery they charted in last year’s budget to close the State’s Medicaid Gap. To do otherwise will lead to loss of access to care and threats to quality of care and health equity in Upstate and rural communities.
 

Gary J. Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, urges action to bolster Health Care Workforce in Upstate New York

Today, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA) President and CEO, Gary J. Fitzgerald, delivered testimony about the workforce and fiscal challenges facing Upstate New York Hospitals.  
 
“Upstate Hospitals’ Fiscal and Workforce issues are slow to improve. The outlook remains bleak. The dual challenges of fiscal sustainability and workforce stability persist among Upstate and Rural hospitals,” said Gary J. Fitzgerald, President and CEO, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance. “IHA urges support for initiatives to improve Upstate healthcare long into the future. However, the problem is compounding and immediate action is needed. It is imperative that immediate steps be taken to release funds already appropriated, and ensure that funds flowing through insurance companies are processed quickly as delays serve no public purpose and jeopardize access to care.” 
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Iroquois Healthcare Association Launches Mental Health and Well-Being Digital Toolkit
 
The Iroquois Healthcare Association has created a digital toolkit to assist health care workers and health organizations with mental health challenges. 
 
(Clifton Park, NY) – The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCHF) awarded a grant to the Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA), a regional hospital trade organization, to facilitate the creation of a resource to help the mental health and well-being of health care workers. This project is a portion of a larger grant initiative that provides online training to acute care workers in upstate and rural New York.
 
Health care workers have been under incredible pressure since the pandemic. Staffing shortages have led to increased burn-out and overwhelming work environments. When speaking with their members, IHA noticed a recurring issue: mental health.
 

 

 

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IHA Creates Alternative to Traditional Healthcare Staffing Agencies

The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) has created Upstate Works an innovative and sustainable solution for its members to battle exorbitant rates charged by healthcare temporary staffing agencies.

“The actions that we take now are going to disrupt the face of temporary healthcare staffing in New York,” said IHA President & CEO, Gary J. Fitzgerald. “We cannot continue to sit idly by while Hospitals are made to pay a projected $1.2B to staffing agencies during a health care staffing crisis. Upstate Works will help hospitals save precious resources and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to care in Upstate.”
IHA found that there are roughly 20,000 open staff positions in hospitals across Upstate and Western New York. Because of this staff vacancy crisis hospitals have had to use staffing agencies in order to continue to ensure patient safety and essential operations in service to their communities. The unfortunate consequence of this reliance is skyrocketing costs further jeopardizing hospitals’ already fragile fiscal condition.

To help solve this problem for our members, IHA launched its own unique staffing agency, Upstate Works.

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IHA Survey Finds Upstate New York Hospitals at Critical Level of Financial Distress

A survey conducted by the Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) shows that hospitals in Upstate New York continue to face disastrous financial circumstances.

IHA is keenly aware of the challenges that Upstate and rural New York hospitals and health systems are facing. With a base of more than 50-member hospitals across 32 counties in Upstate New York, IHA regularly surveys its members to inform its advocacy, understand in real time the workforce and operational issues faced, and relay those facts to State policymakers.

“Hospitals have been running on fumes for far too long,” said IHA President & CEO, Gary J. Fitzgerald. “The numbers we are seeing are striking, and will assuredly worsen without adequate intervention. It is clear that in order to preserve the health and economic viability of Upstate communities, the State needs to ensure financial assistance for our member hospitals is priority number one.”

Click on the button below to read the full press release.

Gary J. Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, Calls on State Leaders to act on the Budget Priorities of Upstate Hospitals

Governor Hochul’s 2023 Executive budget is a great start in addressing the needs of the State’s health care system, however more work is necessary to address the longstanding needs of hospitals in Upstate and rural New York.

Too often the needs of Upstate and Rural hospitals are overshadowed by the needs of our Downstate colleagues.

“IHA is immensely grateful to Governor Hochul for acknowledging IHA’s intense and weeks-long advocacy regarding the devastating effects if the February COVID-19 vaccination booster mandate was not suspended,” said Gary J. Fitzgerald, President and CEO, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance “This is what leadership looks like.”

With one crisis behind us, Upstate Hospitals are still in the throes of an on-going workforce crisis, which has plagued them since long before the pandemic.

Click on the button below to read the full press release.

IHA Submits Testimony in Response to FY2023 Budget 

Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA) President and CEO, Gary J. Fitzgerald, delivered testimony in response to Governor Hochul’s fiscal year 2022-2023 Executive Budget.

“There is no doubt that Governor Hochul has clearly recognized the need to invest in Upstate New York hospitals and the workforce that supports them,” said Gary J. Fitzgerald, President and CEO, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance. “This recognition is emblematic of a new governing style.”

Click on the button below to read the full testimony.

IHA Responds to FY2023 Budget Address

Today, Governor Hochul delivered her Fiscal Year 2023 budget address. Although we are awaiting details, we applaud the Governor for making such a strong commitment to healthcare and the healthcare workforce.

IHA commends Governor Hochul for taking bold and long overdue action by proposing a $10 Billion investment in New York’s healthcare system. IHA has been a leader in regularly sharing industry data with policymakers to demonstrate the need for this kind of investment. We are gratified that our message is resonating.

Click on the button below to read the full statement!

Keep Up With IHA In The News 

IHA President, Gary Fitzgerald, continues IHA’s strong advocacy ahead of the 2022 legislative session for significant state investment to combat the health care workforce crisis. His op-ed was published in The Troy Record, The Saratogian, and Syracuse.com.

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Workforce Training Programs

for Acute Care Providers

Building upon the work of the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), IHA applied for and received funding from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to extend our WIO workforce training programs to acute care providers in Upstate New York.

While we have focused our initial efforts on our IHA membership, we now have funding left for non-IHA members in UNY. 

Is your organization interested in participating in this program? Click below to learn more.

CALLING ALL HOSPITALS 

Join the NYS Donate Life Registry Partner Program

Every day, hospitals and healthcare systems help create a donation-friendly New York by engaging in activities to increase organ and tissue donation. In 2020, nearly 2,500 lifesaving organ transplants were performed in NYS, and the lives of thousands of others were healed through tissue and corneal donation. Thanks to your commitment, each year between 500 and 600 families are provided comfort knowing their loved ones’ legacies live on in patients whose lives were saved or healed through their selfless gift of donation.

To further support hospitals and healthcare systems’ efforts to increase organ and tissue donation, Iroquois Healthcare Association is collaborating with Donate Life NYS to introduce the New York State Donate Life Registry Partner Program

We hope you will support the efforts of Iroquois Hospital Association and Donate Life NYS to increase enrollment in the NYS Donate Life Registry. Click below to learn more.

News

Half of a Million Dollars Granted to Iroquois Healthcare Association to Award Healthcare Scholarships

The Iroquois Healthcare Association has distributed scholarship awards for the third year in-a-row to essential health care workers to continue their education.

(Clifton Park, NY) – The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) has been granted $500,000 by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCHF) to support the third year of a scholarship fund. The fund aims to provide staffing relief to healthcare providers experiencing severe workforce shortages. The program is currently helping 28 hospitals in Upstate New York, invest in their employees and secure their futures.

In this third year of funding, the scholarship fund will support low-income and/or diverse hospital workers looking to earn a degree or certification in one of the following areas: RN, Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Medical Tech, and Surgical Tech.

Staffing shortages lead to staff burnout and can limit access to care, which can threaten the ability for hospitals to provide full services. IHA facilitated this program to give member hospitals the opportunity to express their gratitude to their employees and encourage healthcare workers to remain in the field and continue providing care in Upstate New York providers.

Iroquois Healthcare Association Launches Mental Health and Well-Being Digital Toolkit

Iroquois Healthcare Association Launches Mental Health and Well-Being Digital Toolkit
The Iroquois Healthcare Association has created a digital toolkit to assist health care workers and health organizations with mental health challenges. 
(Clifton Park, NY) – The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCHF) awarded a grant to the Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA), a regional hospital trade organization, to facilitate the creation of a resource to help the mental health and well-being of health care workers. This project is a portion of a larger grant initiative that provides online training to acute care workers in upstate and rural New York. 

Events

A special THANK YOU to our 2024 Iroquois Annual Meeting Sponsors!

A special THANK YOU to our 2024 Iroquois Annual Meeting Sponsors! CEO Roundtable Sponsors: Upstate Works | MLMIC Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Dinner Beverages Sponsor: Financial Quest Retirement Plan Services After Dinner Networking...