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Health System, Law School Team Up To Provide Patients With Legal Services

St. Peter's Health Partners and Albany Law School have partnered to help seriously ill patients who need legal assistance.

An agreement signed Tuesday provides free legal services for certain hospitalized patients who are receiving financial assistance or are covered by Medicaid.  Dr. Jim Reed is president and CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners:

"This partnership will enlist the skills and talents of Albany Law School students, under the supervision of the school's outstanding faculty, to represent eligible St. Peter's Health Partners patients and their families. The program is specifically designed to help patients who have a need for legal services and who are receiving treatment for serious ailments, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or are in an intensive care unit, critical care unit, or hospice."

The agreement is effective immediately.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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