On November 13th, a judge ordered that the hospital must stay open while further mediation occurs between owners that want to close the facility and the advocates of keeping Interfaith Medical Center open for care. NYSNA rallied at the courthouse while proceedings were occurring, and members were heartened by the news.
NYSNA members have noted that the facility is alone in serving the community, and that its closure would leave residents without medical care. Ari Moma, a NYSNA leader and RN in Psychiatric Services at Interfaith, noted that "today's decision to move forward with mediation was a positive step toward finding a solution that maintains healthcare access in Central Brooklyn. We are looking forward to contributing to the conversation with the goal of ensuring that any plan for the future of Interfaith takes the needs of the community into account.”
Moma went on to note that mental health services are of particular concern: “The Affordable Care Act mandates insurers to treat mental health care on par with physical health so the demand for psychiatric care will soon expand - at the same time we've seen cuts in mental health services, with fewer in-patient psychiatric beds in Brooklyn. Interfaith is the largest private provider of psychiatric services in the borough and essential to the care of thousands of mental health patients." Read more >>
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) has reached 10,000. Communication has been limited and family members are struggling to find each other in aftermath of the storm.
Many survivors lack access to food, shelter, clean water, or the medical care they desperately need.
Nurses are stepping up to do what we do best: care for those in need. NYSNA nurses took immediate action and began collecting donations for relief, circulating flyers in our facilities and sharing information online.
There are many ways to further help in relief efforts. Read more >>
A little rain couldn't stop us from rallying for safe staffing!
More than 100 St. Joe's RNs, Yonkers City Council members, community supporters, and NYSNA RNs took the streets of Yonkers to rally for safe nurse-to-patient ratios.
"We do 200% sometimes so we don't abandon our patients, but we need more staffing," said Hasan Haman, RN at St. Joseph's.
St. Joseph's Medical Center is a vital community hospital in downtown Yonkers that served more than 48,000 patients in 2012. In 2012, CEO Michael J. Spicer made $772,606, plus $194,943 in other compensation – a 19% increase over the previous year.
NYSNA RNs are calling for a new contract that guarantees safe minimum staffing levels for patients.
"You keep us safe. I'll do whatever I can to keep you safe," promised Yonkers City Council Member Chris Johnson
"Definitely this is something that patients need, because we are really the last line of advocacy for our patients, aren't we?" NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN told News 12. Check out the coverage. Read more >>
Last January, we opened the morning newspaper and found out that SUNY planned to close LICH, the hospital where I’ve helped save lives for 30 years. I immediately knew the effort that would have to be put forth to fight for LICH’s life. Slumping into a chair, I said “I can’t do this again,” but I knew that it had to be done and I, we, would do it. LICH nurses never walk away from a fight. Read more >>