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Monday, December 13, 2021

Senator Schumer Makes Stop in Warsaw:
Schumer Pushes for More Relief for WNY Hospitals amid COVID Crisis

Sen. Chuck Schumer has pledged to do what he can to see that Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) and other hospitals in Western New York get the financial relief they need amid the omicron COVID variant and the COVID cases overwhelming hospitals.

The state Department of Health has ordered 32 hospitals, including WCCHS, to stop offering elective surgery to make sure they are prepared for COVID.

“That takes money away from this hospital. If they don’t get money for elective surgery, they can’t pay all their employees,” Schumer said. “You lose a nurse or a clerical worker and they never come back, as we’re seeing. That’s terrible.”

Schumer today talked about a two-pronged plan to help hospitals in Western New York, “which are now under more duress than they’ve been,” he said.

“First, I’m urging Health and Human Services (HHS) to stop using old data and prioritize the hospitals that are facing the current crisis, like Wyoming,” he said. “There’s $17 billion still sitting there of money we allocate. If they use the old formulas, this hospital will get very little. If they use a new formula, based on COVID, based on stopping elective surgery, the hospital will get a lot more money. That’s important.”

Schumer said when WCCHS and other hospitals applied for the $17 billion, Phase 4 round funding, it was a month ago.

“The data didn’t reflect the recent increase in the surge of COVID,” he said. “We now have 30 financially distressed hospitals in New York ... They’re on the front lines. They need this help.” Schumer said once HHS redoes the formula, he’s asking that the agency gets money out as soon as possible.

“They (hospitals) can’t wait. If money’s not coming in, than they can’t pay the nurses or the doctors or the clerical workers,” he said. “Right now ... we have a specific problem at many of our Upstate hospitals. We need to get the money out quickly and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to make sure Wyoming County Hospital and hospitals like it, particularly smaller, rural hospitals, but even hospitals like ECMC (Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo) and Strong Memorial (in Rochester), having trouble as well — we need to get help to all of them.”

Schumer said WCCHS has gotten about $6.25 million in relief and $664 million went to hospitals throughout Western New York. WCCHS CEO Joseph McTernan said the health system has met the pandemic head-on since the beginning.

“The response has been 21 months long and, although tired, our incredible team continues to provide exceptional care for all those who come through our doors,” he said. “Infection rates in our region are spiking and our hospitals are over capacity. WCCHS is one of 32 hospitals in New York with fewer than 10% bed capacity. We need all hands on deck to care for the increasing number of patients being admitted while addressing the burden of increased costs required to provide this care.”

WCCHS, McTernan said, has seen great support from government leaders at the county, state and federal levels.

“Through the federal COVID relief bills championed by Senator Schumer, WCCHS has already received over $6 million in federal aid. This helped sustain us so far,” he said. “Now that the pandemic is worsening again, we appreciate Senator Schumer’s push to help significantly impacted hospitals like WCCHS access additional federal relief funding.”

Jim Brick, Perry town supervisor, mentioned an issue facing EMS agencies in rural New York.

“In the town of Perry, we run a not-for-profit ambulance (the town of Perry Ambulance Service). We take Medicare patients and there’s a number of ICF (immediate care facility) homes who take them, we get less,” he said. “I understand the Medicare rates are set by the Legislature."

Schumer said, “I’m always fighting to get increases in rural ambulance money, very successfully over the last few years, and we’re trying to do that again in the next upcoming budget in February.”

Brick said after the press conference that Medicare pays the Ambulance Service only so much every time it transports someone on Medicare.

“Maybe it will only be half of what it normally is,” Brick said of the current rates. “It’s a little less than what we get from health insurance companies.”

Brick said he asked Schumer about a possible increase in the rates Medicare would pay an agency like the town of Perry Ambulance Service. Schumer said this year on his tour of the counties, when he’s talked to people about what was needed, such as at WCCHS, to get people back on their feet and doing better than or just as well as before:

“What I learned visiting the counties (were) so many things. I’d meet restauranteurs early in the year and they’d say our PPP (Paycheck Protection Program money) is running out. If we don’t get more money, we’ll be really messed up. I’d meet at hospitals and they’d talk to me about their huge problems. I’d visit local governments and they’d say to me, ‘Make sure we get the money. If you send it all to Albany, we’re never going to see it. The legislation I helped craft as majority leader was based on my tours of the 62 counties.”

Schumer said getting the money delivered is important, but so is making sure the money goes where it’s needed in the right way.

“It so happens, Wyoming County, in the last 14 days, hospital rates have increased 72%; in Erie County, 70%. So, the crisis is far from over,” he said.

Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan said, “It’s perfect timing to have you down here at the hospital, given what we’re going through ... I want to thank the senator for helping us at the county level with American Rescue (Plan Act) money paid direct to the county ... and also for the CARES Act, the money that has come to the hospital thus far and also for your support in helping us get the remainder of it. It’s really needed.”

Schumer was asked whether there is a way to get federal help for areas of Western New York that were hit by windstorms this weekend.

“I’ve been in touch with a bunch of local officials, my office has, and we are now working on FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to get as much relief as we can get,” He said. “We have already been in touch with FEMA. These windstorms were horrible. Once it’s declared a disaster, which I think it would be, there’ll be money for small businesses, there’ll be money for homeowners both, from FEMA and money from the SBA (Small Business Administration).”
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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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