Nurses and doctors from two Brooklyn hospitals on the verge of closure — Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and Interfaith Medical Center — joined clergy, neighbors, and patients from the Bed-Stuy community in front of Governor Cuomo’s office in mid-Manhattan today.
Our message: keep our hospitals open and stop pushing an experimental for-profit healthcare agenda that would ruin Brooklyn patient care, especially for communities of color. FULL STORY
The governor, real estate developers, and for-profit hospital chains are embarking on a dangerous experiment that will make patient care in New York much worse. Nurses won’t stand for it!
That’s the message NYSNA Board Member and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt RN Gwen Lancaster took to lawmakers on Wednesday at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing for the Executive Budget.
The governor and the Department of Health are trying to water down our state’s Certificate of Need process -- and launch a experimental for-profit healthcare “pilot project.” Brooklyn patients will be their first guinea pigs. FULL STORY
If you’ve been following the news, you probably know already that Brooklyn hospitals are in crisis.
Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in downtown Brooklyn could be the first of many community hospitals to fall victim to a new wave of profit driven health care changes.
Interfaith could be next — it’s currently in bankruptcy and the deadline to reach an agreement to merge with Brooklyn Hospital is February 1st. Interfaith serves Bed-Stuy, a community which already suffers from a shortage in healthcare services that will be worsened if the hospital closes. FULL STORY
Big private hospital chains and out-of-state for-profit healthcare giants are out to silence nurses' voices – and they’re hoping you and the public won’t notice.
The Governor and the Department of Health are putting forward proposals to water down the Certificate of Need process. That’s what gives communities and caregivers a voice when a hospital wants to cut services. FULL STORY
If you want a sneak peek at what New York healthcare would be like with no Certificate of Need process, take a look at St. Luke’s.
After Sandy, Continuum, the hospital chain that runs St. Luke’s Roosevelt, closed down the St. Luke’s Detox and Pediatric units. FULL STORY
In 2009, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) passed a resolution calling Certificate of Need programs “barriers to entry into the healthcare market that force healthcare firms to fulfill various over-burdensome requirements…”
A “barrier to entry”… that’s what ALEC calls community and caregiver voices. FULL STORY
A Missouri judge has ordered for-profit healthcare giant HCA to pony up $162 million they were supposed to invest in community hospitals. That’s according to an exposé in yesterday’s New York Times.
HCA bought a dozen ailing community hospitals in Kansas City, and promised to spend $300 million to renovate them. Instead, they only spent $50 million — and pocketed the rest as profits. FULL STORY