**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 21**: New York and Vermont healthcare professionals unite to advocate for safe, quality patient care at all UVM healthcare facilities

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: July 20, 2021
Contact: Kristi Barnes | kristi.barnes@nysna.org | 646-853-4489
Max Tracy | maxt@vfnhp.org | 802-373-1968 

Nurses and frontline caregivers speak out against staffing and service cuts, demand UVM administrators put patients first

Burlington, VT - Nurses and healthcare professionals in NY and VT are coming together to speak out for safe, quality care for all our communities on both sides of the lake. UVM corporate headquarters in VT is putting profits ahead of patients. Staffing and service cuts in Plattsburgh are causing delays and hardship for our patients and putting their safety at risk.

In Burlington, UVMMC is experiencing high turnover and filling significant staff vacancies with travelers, which compromises the quality of care provided at our region’s Level One Trauma Center.

When nurses and healthcare professionals are understaffed and overworked, patient care suffers. New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) members from UVM-CVPH in Plattsburgh and VT Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (VFNHP) members from UVMMC in Burlington will join to speak out and demand that UVM Health Network cares for all our communities and puts patients first!

WHAT: Speakout for Safe Quality Care at UVM-CVPH and UVMMC  
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21st at 11 AM
WHERE: UVM Corporate Headquarters, 462 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT
WHO: Dozens of healthcare professionals and elected officials, including State Senator Chris Pearson, Representative Selene Colburn, Representative Emma Mulvaney Stanak, and Councilor Jane Stromberg
VISUALS: NYSNA and VFNHP nurses and healthcare workers will be decked out in union gear.

Masking and social distancing will be strictly observed.

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The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, visit nysna.org.

VFNHP is a strong union of health care professionals organized to ensure access to high-quality health care for everyone in the communities we serve. Together, using our collective voice and activism, we champion healthy work environments, access to resources for delivery of the best care possible and a future of sustainable well-being for all. For more information, visit vfnhp.com.

About NYSNA

We are 42,000 nurses working together to win safe staffing, keep hospitals open for care, stop the Wall Street attack on our patients, and win healthcare for all.