The devastation of New York City’s healthcare system is still unfolding – and likely to get worse.
NYSNA nurses are teaming up with doctors, EMTs, firefighters, other public servants, and community members to say let’s BUILD BACK BETTER our city’s healthcare system. And we need your help.
We’re launching a petition drive to tell the Mayor to deal with NYC’s severe – and largely hidden – healthcare crisis.
Coney Island Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, NYU Langone, and the VA Hospital remain closed. This has left Manhattan with no Level One Trauma Center below 58th Street and a citywide shortage of more than 2,000 hospital beds.
Before the storm, many of New York’s poor, people of color, and uninsured had limited access to healthcare. The storm made that problem much worse – despite an outpouring of volunteer efforts.
“It took two days to get Wall Street back up and running, but they can’t tell us how long it will take to get Bellevue back up,” said Anne Bové, RN, the president of NYSNA’s HHC Executive Council.
“The response from city, state, and federal officials falls short of meeting the needs of New Yorkers,” said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN. “Urgent action and greater coordination are needed to help thousands of people in desperate need.”
It’s time to send Mayor Bloomberg a message:
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.