Statement on Interfaith Medical Center from the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Contacts:
Robert Hadley, 646-627-0382, robert.hadley@1199seiu.org
Carl Ginsburg, 917-405-1060, carl.ginsburg@nysna.org

Bankruptcy proceedings for Interfaith Medical Center have been postponed to next Wednesday, November 13, at the earliest. 

This postponement gives patient advocates, community leaders, and caregivers more time to continue work with our elected officials, including our next mayor, on viable funding solutions to keep Interfaith open as a full-service community hospital.

Interfaith Medical Center is a vital safety-net hospital and serves more than 175,000 New Yorkers in Central Brooklyn. The Department of Health must ensure that a full array of services which meet community needs remains available at Interfaith. We are working towards a real assessment of community needs for the Interfaith communities.

A coalition of Interfaith supporters will meet with the Department of Health later this week.

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The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for over a hundred thousand frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 350,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and quality jobs for all.

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