Congressional candidate tours hospital

By Brian Sweeney
Congressional candidate Julian Schreibman toured Margaretville Hospital on Monday and heard firsthand about the challenges facing rural healthcare providers.
The Kingston Democrat is challenging first-term Republican Rep. Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Mr. Schreibman visited Margaretville Hospital as part of a campaign tour along the Route 28 corridor. He met with hospital officials, including Executive Director Sandy Horan.

“The hospital is a critically important facility for a large segment of the region,” Mr. Schreibman told the News following his tour. “The population skews toward the more elderly and that puts the hospital especially at risk for proposed cuts in Medicaid and Medicare.”
He added, “The hospital also depends on various forms of grant aid from the government and many of these programs are also on the chopping block.”

Unique challenges
Mr. Schreibman said that the Mrs. Horan was among those who explained to him about the services provided at Margaretville and explained about the types of challenges being faced in providing healthcare to a rural population.

Another topic of discussion was the difficulty of physician recruitment to upstate facilities like Margaretville.

“There are loan-forgiveness incentives for people working in underserved areas. Most of the time, young doctors are looking to work in places where they will have a lot of cases so they can more fully utilize their skills,” he explained.

Physician recruitment
Mr. Schreibman said that he discussed with hospital personnel possible ways of providing incentives to physicians to practice rural medicine. One possibility they talked about was to entice doctors who have established careers and who enjoy the unique challenges of practicing medicine in the countryside.

The candidate is a native of Kingston and graduated from Yale and Yale Law School, He served as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan and as an Assistant General Counsel at the CIA. He later served as senior assistant district attorney in Ulster County. Mr. Schreibman resides in Stone Ridge.