Thursday, February 12, 2009

City Hall hospital rally at noon today cancelled

Tony Avella will hold a rally with employees of Mary Immaculate and St. John’s Hospitals, as well as local Queens residents, to urge Governor David Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg to provide the necessary funding to keep these hospitals open under the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

If the hospitals close, approximately 2,500 workers would be forced out of a job and the health and safety of the community would be severely impacted. Both hospitals were recently ordered by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) to stop accepting admitted patients on Saturday, February 14th, 2009.

Avella just canceled his rally at the request of hospital employees who would like to address a deteriorating situation at the hospital.

Photo from nutrichris on Flickr

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

You mean Avella's having another City Hall rally and Jim Gennaro's still asleep at the wheel? Hey Jim, when you wake up, don't harass nurses about to lose their jobs over this, ok?

Anonymous said...

Leave "poor" Jim alone.

He's doing his Sri Chimnoy meditations or on a wicked bender after finally officially conceding to Senator Padavan!

And where's that toad Toby Stavisky...
holding Jim's hand after sonny boy Evan's Parkside screwed up?

What a bunch!

Anonymous said...

.....and just what will be achieved by another rally and political grandstanding? This issue of hospital closures should be brought to a national platform. I understand that the stimulus package has allocated millions of dollars to support New York public hospitals. GO! to Washington and demand that this money is used to convert these hospitals to a public hospital system....otherwise your local demands will fall on deaf ears.

Anonymous said...

Go to Washington? We have Washington right here - St. John's is in Boy Wonder Joe Crowley's district, if I am not mistaken.

Anonymous said...

is any of this going to help???we are all walking around with sick stomachs wondering when we are going to get our pink slips??going down with a sinking ship..was it really worth it all???

Anonymous said...

What does Sri Chinmoy have to do with this? Please elevate the discourse, we have a serious issue at hand. This is not the time for ad hominem remarks.

future homeless and unemployed blogger said...

ITS OVER! NO HELP FROM THE USELESS QUEENS LIAR BULLSHITTER POLITICIANS ONE LIES AND THE OTHER AGREES. THE CLOSINGS/BANKRUPTCIES WERE PLANED WAY LONG AGO. REMEMBER ITS ALL ABOUT THE WORTH OF THE REAL ESTATE. AND LETS NOT FOR GET 15% IN THE POCKET OF THE USELESS BOARD MEMBERS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE VP! REMEMBER ALL THE PEOPLE YOU DIRT BAGS ARE HURTING!!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of bullshitters....has anyone seen Malcolm Smith? You would think that the very least he would be available to alleviate the fears of the community regarding the loss of a major healthcare institution...and also help mitigate the fears of the 2500 employees who are about to be unemployed.

Anonymous said...

EVERY 1 OF THE POLTITANS USED ST JOHNS JUST TO GET FACE TIME ON TV. NORTH SHORE WILL BUY THE PROPERTY AND KNOCK DOWN THE BUILDING, THIS WAS PLANED LONG LONG AGO.. ANDREW COMOU PLEASE PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS WE BEG YOU PLEASE!!

Anonymous said...

What a terrible shame to see what is happening to the people of Queens, and the staff of both these hospitals. Everyone just let us spin our wheels. The dirty hand was dealt a long time ago.All of the politicians got to grandstand,gave us their support and did nothing. We have been raped and sodomized!

Anonymous said...

I strongly believed that whoever will close Mary Immaculate Hospital are prejudiced individuals, because there's no way that the 2 nearby hospitals (Jamaica hospital & Queens General hospital) could serve this community. 2 factors, minority and poor neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Who authorized the removal of bankruptcy materials?

I thought that Caritas is in bankruptcy. Why are we selling off office furniture to another healthcare corporation? Why was furniture taken out of St. John’s and delivered to Jamaica Hospital this week? Is Annette Hastings looking to secure her future employment? Did money change hands? Is the bankruptcy court aware of this? Is there a secrete warehouse (like during the St. Vincent’s bankruptcy and Joe’s closing) where valuable equipment is being hidden and stored? These questions need to be answered!