**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TOMORROW**: New Rochelle and Area Nurses, Doctors, Community and Elected Leaders speak out for Safe Staffing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021
Contact: Kristi Barnes | kristi.barnes@nysna.org | 646-853-4489  
Carl Ginsburg | carl.ginsburg@nysna.org | 917-405-1060

Patient Advocates Call for Independent Investigation of Hospitals, Safe Staffing Standards in Every Hospital and Nursing Home

Montefiore New Rochelle Frontline Nurses Still Struggling with Understaffing, Negotiating a Fair Contract

New Rochelle — Montefiore New Rochelle nurses will be joined by dozens of nurses and healthcare workers from hospitals in the region, as well as community and elected leaders, to raise awareness of the effect of understaffing on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses at Montefiore New Rochelle went on a two-day ULP strike in December to have a voice in patient safety and to make safe staffing improvements in their contract. However, Montefiore refuses to improve staffing in the hospital, despite nurses sounding the alarm on conditions that put patient safety at risk.

Nurses will speak out to provide an update on conditions in area hospitals, as well as address issues raised in the New York State Attorney General’s recent report on nursing home deaths. Advocates will discuss current legislation in the state legislature and the need to enact safe, equitable staffing standards for all patients throughout the state.

WHAT: Speak Out for Safe Staffing

WHO: NYSNA nurses from Montefiore New Rochelle, Montefiore Bronx, Montefiore Mount Vernon, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center, SEIU Doctors Council, Assembly Member Amanda Septimo, Assembly Member Chris Burdick, Westchester County Legislator David Tubiolo, Westchester County Legislator Terry Clements, Commission on the Public's Health System (CPHS), Physicians for a National Health Program, New Rochelle Alliance for Justice, Women's Rights Team of Indivisible New Rochelle, and more.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17 at NOON

WHERE: Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, 75 Glover Johnson Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10801

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