UNAP Members to Protest Outside of Memorial Hospital on Monday
Monday, November 27, 2017
The picket will take place on Monday, November 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. outside the campus of Memorial Hospital.
"The people of this community and the health professionals who serve them deserve to know what -- if any -- health services and jobs are going to be maintained by Care New England at the Memorial campus. Our request for detailed information has been met with little more than empty rhetoric and it's time Care New England executives came clean about their plans for Memorial,” said Rita Brennan, RN, president of UNAP Local 5082.
The union hopes to call the public's attention to Care New England's (CNE) negligence in offering a detailed plan for the health services and jobs it says it wants to maintain at Memorial.
Care New England Talks Plan
The picket comes a little less than a week after Care New New England claimed they had developed plans for the continuation of "community-based care in the Pawtucket region."
As GoLocalProv reported, when pressed for specifics CNE refused to respond to answer any questions.
When asked how many jobs would be retained, what would happen to those employees not retained, where the new facility would be located
"We will continue to provide more details as we work to solidify these plans," said Jim Beardsworth, spokesperson for CNE.
Closure of Memorial Hospital
CNE submitted the Memorial Hospital application for closure earlier this month.
According to the application, “At 9.3 percent occupancy, Memorial’s daily census has been significantly below capacity and below what is required to be financially viable. Due to service readiness, staffing, and operational requirements to meet licensure conditions, Memorial loses approximately $2 million per month. Given such under-utilization and unsustainable chronic financial losses, Memorial cannot continue to adequately staff and deliver patient care services in a clinically safe and financially viable manner and intends to cease all operations as soon as possible.”
United Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (UNAP) General Counsel Chris Callaci joined GoLocal LIVE and talked about Care New England's (CNE) effort to close Memorial Hospital without state approval on GoLocal LIVE's Business Monday.
He blasted CNE for their failure to meet the minimum standards of the closure process.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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