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Fully funding Roswell Park should be a high priority

It’s amazing how Governor Cuomo, our state representatives, the county executive and our county legislators practically trip over each other to try and take credit for giving $100 million to a multimillionaire to keep his business in Western New York for an uncertain length of time – Ralph Wilson and the Buffalo Bills. Yet when it comes time to try and get additional money to support a world-class institution, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, everyone, except Congressman Brian Higgins is mute.

Roswell Park is one of only 41 hospitals in the United States designated as a comprehensive cancer center, making Roswell Park a key component of the expanding medical corridor. More than 3,000 people are employed there. Many of these jobs are the high-paying jobs that politicians claim they want in Western New York. In addition, because of Roswell Park’s excellent reputation it attracts patients, doctors and researchers from outside Western New York, bringing money into the area that otherwise would not be spent here.

Many of the doctors and researchers now at Roswell Park are being recruited by many other top hospitals around the country. I am sure these doctors and researchers would want some assurance that Roswell Park will be adequately funded in the future before making a commitment to Roswell Park.

Even if one overlooks the economic benefits of Roswell Park, there is the humanitarian benefit of having a hospital with the National Cancer Center designation of comprehensive cancer center in Western New York.

Howard Gordon

East Amherst