UPDATED campaign for Thursday 12/12 & Friday 12/13:
Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is being held at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. He is very sick and needs your help. Mr. Hayes suffers from diabetes mellitis, as well as hepatitis C. He has lost 40 pounds over the past three months. This constitutes unintentional weight loss of 22% of his original body weight. The degree of his weight loss as well as the time frame over which the weight loss has occurred is alarming. Seth requires urgent evaluation of his weight loss which should include a complete evaluation for cancer and other causes of abnormal weight loss. To date he has not received this evaluation. DOCCS is mandated to provide appropriate medical care to incarcerated persons. Appropriate medical care, in this case, requires urgent diagnosis of the cause of his rapid weight loss and appropriate treatment. We must act now! It is crucially important that we pressure Sullivan Correctional Facility to provide appropriate medical treatment for Seth.
*THINGS YOU CAN DO:*
1) On *Thursday, Dec. 12th, call Dr. Sidorowicz*, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility at *(845) 434-2080 ext 6126* — if that extension doesn’t work you can also try ext 6124 and ext 6117 (these go to the nurse’s station) and *Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann*, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518) 457-7073
Suggested talking points:
a) Briefly state your concerns regarding the health of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280. — Mr. Hayes has lost 40 lbs which constitutes a 22% loss of his original body weight. — He has been denied appropriate and necessary medical treatment for this weight loss, which includes a work-up for the cause of this weight loss.
b) Ask why Mr. Hayes hasn’t received the recommended & necessary medical work-up and treatment; and
c) Demand that Seth Hayes be transferred to an outside medical facility where he can receive an appropriate work-up and treatment.
2) On *Friday, Dec. 13th, fax a letter* on Seth’s behalf (*sample letter below *which can be edited and signed by either a medical advocate or a non-medical advocate). Please fax letters to:
a) Dr. Sidorowicz at Fax: 845-434-2462 and
b) Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann at Fax: 518-457-2115
Please also make one more call to the Regional Health Services Administrator assigned to Sullivan Correctional Facility by at 518-445-6176 and stating you have an “urgent medical concern” regarding Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280. Please use the same talking points as you did Thursday and an email to the Health Services administrator will be generated. The more e-mails we can generate to go to the Health Services Administrator, the more likely we will get a faster response to our concerns.
Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Dear Dr. Koenigsmann,
My name is *****. I am a physician at *****. I am writing on behalf of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently a prisoner at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. Mr. Hayes suffers from diabetes mellitis, as well as hepatitis C. I am writing because Mr. Hayes has lost 40 pounds over the past three months. This constitutes unintentional weight loss of 22% of his premorbid body weight. The degree of his weight loss as well as the time frame over which the weight loss has occurred is alarming and more than meets the criteria for cachexia. Mr. Hayes requires urgent evaluation of his weight loss which should include a complete evaluation for cancer and other causes of cachexia. To date he has not received this evaluation. DOCCS is mandated to provide appropriate medical care to incarcerated persons pursuant to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Appropriate medical care, in this case, requires urgent diagnosis of the cause of his rapid weight loss and appropriate treatment. I strongly urge you to transfer Mr. Hayes to an outside medical facility immediately for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. I thank you for your attention to these medical matters. I can be reached at ***** for any questions.
cc: Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner Elizabeth Ritter, Assistant Commissioner Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services
Robert Seth Hayes is currently 65 years old. He was first diagnosed with Type II diabetes in the year 2000. In the 13 years since then, DOCCS has been completely unable to control his blood sugar levels. At the time he was diagnosed, Mr. Hayes was at Clinton. He was transferred to Wende in 2003 and then to Sullivan in 2010.
Throughout this time, Mr. Hayes’ sugar levels have either soared to the 300 to 400 levels or been extremely low, in the 50 to 70 levels, both life-threatening. Mr. Hayes also has Hepatitis C, for which he is currently not receiving any treatment.
Mr. Hayes has lost 40 pounds in recent months and currently weighs only 140 pounds. This is extremely rapid and dangerous weight loss. Diabetes is an insidious disease, and the constant sugar fluctuations can lead to renal failure, coma or stroke.
NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, as this would be cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, adequate medical care would include a diabetic diet, which is absolutely not provided by NYS DOCCS. Additionally, they refuse to allow food package items such as diabetic cookies and candies.
Since NYS DOCCS has been completely unable to control Mr. Hayes’ sugar levels during the past 13 years, the community requests that he be taken to an outside medical facility for a complete diagnosis and adequate care.
Of course, if Robert Seth Hayes had been released on parole instead of having 15 years added to his sentence by the NYS DOCCS Parole Board, he would be a free man today and would have better access to adequate medical care than he currently does.
Please write, call, fax and email the following people and insist that Robert Seth Hayes, DIN No. 74-A-2280, be taken to an outside medical facility as soon as possible. If you are a doctor, nurse, or any other kind of medical personnel, please use your letterhead.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what response you receive. Also, if you are able to find out any additional phone or fax numbers, we will be grateful for the information. All of the following officials at the NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services can be reached at Harriman State Campus, Building #2, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12226-2050.
Acting Commissioner: Anthony J. Annucci
Phone: (518) 457-8126
Assistant Commissioner for Health Services: Elizabeth Ritter
Director of Health Services Operations and Management: Nancy A. Lyng, M.S.
Sullivan Correctional Facility
Patrick Griffin, Superintendent
P.O. Box 116, 325 Riverside Drive, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116