Kaleida Health Releases Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Law

Released: 6/28/2012
Kaleida Health today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision to uphold the 2010 Affordable Care Act: 

James R. Kaskie, the president and CEO of Kaleida Health, said, “Now that the Supreme Court has announced its decision, we must move forward as a nation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA; Public Law 111–148), while controversial and complex, has helped engender a national debate and discussion about the need to change our healthcare system.  Simply put, we must continue to find ways to improve quality and access while reducing cost and variation in care.  

“Here in Western New York, we are building a healthier future.  We continue to work with our physicians, nurses and staff to revolutionize and re-engineer our healthcare delivery system.  Together, we are creating centers of excellence, eliminating duplication, right-sizing, and most importantly, improving the quality of care for the patients we serve.” 

Kaleida Health is the largest healthcare provider in Western New York. More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, plus the health system’s 90 clinics and healthcare centers. 

Kaleida Health operates HighPointe on Michigan and the DeGraff Memorial Hospital skilled nursing facility, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association.  Kaleida Health also operates a major laboratory division as well as the Millard Fillmore Ambulatory Surgery Center.  The organization is also affiliated with Great Lakes Health, the entity integrating Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and the University at Buffalo.  Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.2 billion annually.