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September 10, 2008

Region's Shrinking Healthcare Workforce

Sen. Kemp Hannon, Farmingdale State President Hubert Keen and North Shore/LIJ CEO Michael Dowling to Lead Dialogue at Sept. 25 Event

WHAT : A deepening shortage in nurses and other healthcare workers on Long Island threatens the well-being of the region's families and the local economy. Three leading experts on the topic will examine this workforce crisis and explore educational, economic, and political solutions before an audience of leading businessman and healthcare industry administrators.

  • Severe shortages in nursing faculty resulted in 147,000 qualified nursing school applications rejected in 2005.

  • Nationally, 44% of clinical laboratories report difficulty in recruiting qualified staff, with the most severe shortages in the Northeast region, which includes New York State . By 2010, more than 100,000 new laboratory professionals are needed to replenish the workforce.

  • US DOL figures indicate that dental hygiene employment is expected to grow at 30% compared to predicted growth rate for dentists at 9%.

The experts:

  • The Honorable Sen. Kemp Hannon is Chair of the New York State Senate's Health Committee and has also served as Chair of the National Conference of State Legislators Health Committee.

  • Dr. Hubert Keen is President of Farmingdale State College, one of the region's leading providers of graduates with degrees in healthcare fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, and medical laboratory technology.

  • Michael Dowling is CEO of North Shore-LIJ, the region's largest healthcare system and the region's largest employer, with 37,500 employees.

The format of the program will permit audience members to engage the experts in a discussion of these serious issues.

Panelists will be available after the panel for individual media interviews .

WHEN : Thursday, September 25, 2008, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

WHERE : Crest Hollow Country Club, Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, 516-692-8000.
Reservations are required. Register online at www.actionlongisland.org .

DETAILS: For more information, call Erica Kaplan at 631-425-2700.