30 juillet 2013 ~ 0 Commentaire

Hospital Closures Stress Health System

PHOTO: Health care workers

« I had a 75-year-old lady with pneumonia who was like, ‘Forget it. I’m just going to leave.’ We have lots and lots of walkouts. » The controversial LICH closure, which health workers, unions and politicians have fought for months with protests and lawsuits, appears to finally be coming to fruition. Read about the Walter Reed Army Medical Center closure. Earlier this month, ambulances were ordered not to go to the hospital, so many went to Brooklyn Hospital a mile and a half away. But extreme temperatures, too many patients and an air conditioner problem caused Brooklyn Hospital to start diverting patients, too, overwhelming Methodist Hospital. « We were short-staffed before this happened, » said the Methodist Hospital nurse. « They haven’t hired anyone new. » Shoe Shiner Donates $200K in Tips to Children’s Hospital Watch Video Randy Travis Suffers Stroke in Hospital Watch Video Hospital Patient Hit by Stray Bullet in Pennsylvania Watch Video And if LICH stays closed–which looks likely now that hundreds of staffers have been handed pink slips and told not to come back–other hospitals may be routinely overwhelmed for some time. Developers were « salivating » at the prospect of turning the estimated $1 billion property into luxury housing, according to a May New York Daily News article . But the hospital issued a formal request for proposals earlier this month from only bidders who can provide community health services « up to and including a full service hospital, » said LICH spokesman Robert Bellafiore. Still, union members fear it will be sold to developers for non-health care purposes anyway. « What nurses are saying is that the situation in Brooklyn is dire, » said New York State Nurses Association Executive Director Jill Furillo.
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