FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30, 2021
Contact: Carl Ginsburg | firstname.lastname@example.org | 917-405-1060
Patient Care Crisis: Not Enough RNs to Do The Job at NY-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital
Staffing levels linked to patient safety and care in ER, ICUs and on Med-Surgical floors fall far short
New York - Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital will engage in a Speak Out against severe understaffing conditions on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 AM. The RNs are confronted daily by a hospital overflowing with patients as a result of understaffing at ERs, ICUs and on Med-Surgical floors.
The RNs, members of the New York State Nurses Association, have bravely battled COVID-19 and even lost one of their own. Now, they are bracing for the next wave of the virus with a very large staffing shortfall.
NYP Hudson Valley Hospital nurses have been without a contract for more than two years, as management has refused to offer a fair deal, putting patient care in jeopardy.
WHO: Nurses of the New York State Nurses Association; elected officials; see list below.
WHAT: Speak Out against severe understaffing in patient care at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 30, 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, 1980 Crompond Road, Cortland Manor, NY
“On my unit, the NICU, we have been put in far too many unsafe situations. We consistently work understaffed and our patients, the babies we care for, are especially vulnerable. We need safe staffing ratios and NYP-Hudson Valley needs to retain the exceptional nurses that work here by giving us fair compensation and benefits. It is the right thing to do and more critical than ever.” Kate Gregorio, RN, Neonatal ICU
“Hudson Valley Hospital is full of tenured nurses who have dedicated their time and life to this community. NYP-HVH continues to treat us with disrespect and does not prioritize patient safety even as a Magnet Hospital.” Lauren Mansfield, RN, Intensive Care Unit
Here is a partial list of elected officials and candidates joining the nurses at the Speak Out Thursday morning: Dr. Richard Becker, candidate for Town Supervisor; Colin Smith, Westcheser County Legislator; Matthew Slater, Town Supervisor; Michelle Keller, District Leader, PDCC; George Latimer, Westchester County Executive; Al Liberatore, Local I.B.T. Local 456 – Teachers; Tommy Carey, President, Westchester Putnam CLB; Ramon Fernandez, Peekskill City Councilman.
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.