Speak Out Rally Details
Who: Nurses, elected officials, community and patient family members.
How: Attendees will don masks and maintain responsible social distances as they rally and share their concerns and experiences.
Trinity, which also owns
"This takeover of
Among the questions nurses and others have raised:
- How will changing from a non-profit owning Providence to a for-profit affect the ability of all behavioral health patients in the region to access the specialized care they need?
- What does this mean for admissions of patients who use Medicare or Medicaid or who do not have insurance?
- How will losing union protection to speak up affect workers' ability to ensure patient and staff safety?
- How will patient care quality be affected by a company driven by its bottom line rather than a mission to provide the best possible care to all members of the community?
- Health Partners
New Englandsaid it expects an incentive from the state worth millions of dollars (up to $150,000per bed). What role did the state have in facilitating this sale and what was the timing, especially considering Trinity Healthclosed 74 child and adult mental health beds less than one year ago, citing a lack of available psychiatrists and a drop in census. MNA nurses and others disputed those assertions during a DPH hearing on the closure. The DPH later deemed the beds an essential service but they closed anyway.
Founded in 1903, the
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