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St. Joseph’s Commends U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for Advocating on Biologics Shortage

SYRACUSE, N.Y.  – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center today extended its appreciation and support to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for his efforts to assist and protect hospitals in Syracuse, N.Y., and nationwide in obtaining adequate supplies of biologic test markers, which are used during the sterilization of surgical equipment.

A recent production disruption of the biologic prompted St. Joseph’s to contact Senator Schumer, who quickly determined a need for increased communications pertaining to supply levels for the protection of patients, hospitals and healthcare providers. The biologic is almost entirely produced by a single company domestically.

“In early January, the company that provides our biologic test markers for the Sterrad sterilization process notified us of production issues and supply disruption,” said Kathryn Ruscitto, president and chief executive officer for St. Joseph’s. “Since then, we have not had any assurance of predictable supply, which has interfered with our ability to optimally use the Sterrad device without which we could not perform surgeries. We thank Senator Schumer for helping to elevate this issue at the Federal level and are hopeful the company will provide us some answers.”

St. Joseph’s currently has an adequate supply of the biologic but many hospitals are facing shortages and all hospitals face continued uncertainty on future supply. The Senator’s efforts to ensure adequate, early and consistent communication is always in place between the manufacturers of these important products and their customers are welcome and greatly appreciated.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.