Provident Hospital frontline workers are fighting to care for working class South Side Black families.
CHICAGO, April 17, 2020—On April 3, the Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) emailed staff that the ER would be closed effective Monday, April 6 and remain closed until May 6 for renovations. That same weekend, it was reported how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting African-Americans, who make up 30% of Chicago’s population, but are dying at twice that rate from COVID-19. Today at 3:00 p.m., Provident Hospital’s registered nurses and their supporters are holding a safe distance action and media availability to this closure’s impact on the health and safety of Provident’s patient community, and to present a petition with thousands of signatures to reopen the emergency room.
“Provident’s emergency room provides care to a critically underserved patient population,” said CTU President Jesse Sharkey. “We owe it to these frontline heath care providers and their low-income Black patients to push for a safe and swift reopening of this crucial community resource.”
Who: Provident RN members of National Nurses United
What: Socially-distanced action and RN media availability to speak against the closure.
Where: 118 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60602
When: Today, Friday April 17, 3:00 PM CT
Registered nurses will be available to speak to reporters. For press inquiries, please contact Kindra Perkins at 312-783-1669 or email pnationalnursesunited.org