The plight of patient labs

UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health face phlebotomist staffing issues that mean longer waits for individuals needing blood tests. The pandemic is a factor, but not the only one.

Life-threatening costs

Many patients with a potentially fatal illness also fall victim to another scourge: high out-of-pocket costs for needed drugs.

The rural fight against COVID

Health officials in outlying parts of the Rochester-Finger Lakes region have been grappling with vaccine hesitancy and general challenges of vaccinating rural populations.

Health systems gird for challenges as mandate looms

UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health are preparing for possible staff shortages as the deadline for vaccinating health care workers nears. These workers are expected to be immunized with at least one vaccine dose against COVID-19 by Sept. 27.

A COVID game changer?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to be safe and effective for children aged 5 to 11, a key group of unvaccinated Americans. Emergency use approval is expected, but will parents embrace the chance to get shots for their children?