The Mount Vernon community is coming together in a big way to keep their community hospital open.
NYSNA nurses were greeted with strong support from businesses, faith leaders and community activists when they covered the streets of downtown with their message on Oct. 1 to “Save Mount Vernon Hospital.”
Hospital supporters distributed more than 500 signs.
Patient care at the hospital has been severely compromised by a combination of mismanagement and state recommendations to cut services.
Mount Vernon is the only hospital within city limits for residents – the majority of whom are people of color and or without health insurance. Patients no longer have access to ob-gyn services, including delivery, at the hospital.
Community leaders are calling on the state to step in and appoint new management who will keep the hospital open and serving the community.
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The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. The association represents registered nurses, and some all-professional bargaining units, in New York and New Jersey. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.