Provident Hospital frontline workers and patients deserve solidarity, assurances that care for working class South Side Black families will improve rather than be diminished.
CHICAGO, April 6, 2020—Registered nurses at Provident Hospital are holding a media availability during their shift change to describe how the closure of Provident Hospital’s emergency department could impact the health and safety of the patient community Provident Hospital serves. Cook County Health Systems has said that closing the ER was unavoidable due to an anticipated rise in COVID19 cases in which Provident’s ER was not physically designed to accommodate.
“Health care workers and the patients they care for at Provident deserve our solidarity and support,” said CTU President Jesse Sharkey.
CTU member and certified school nurse Dennis Kosuth moonlights at Provident, and will join other RN members of National Nurses United to raise concerns about this closure.
“South Side residents desperately need access to health care, especially with Chicago’s Black residents bearing the burden of COVID-19 deaths,”said Cook County Commissioner and CTU organizer Brandon Johnson. “Provident needs more support—not less—including support that rebuilds this hospital and strengthens Provident’s sustainability going forward. And we need to commit to strengthening our social safety net in health care across Cook County and the nation, including by pushing for Medicare For All.”
The temporary closure of Provident Hospital’s emergency department requires assurances from public agencies and health care providers that health services to working class Black families will improve rather than be diminished for South Side residents.
“Provident has been an essential health care anchor for South Siders for generations,” said Sharkey. “Just as every CPS school community deserves a nurse for every school, every Chicagoan—including South Side residents who rely on Provident—and every resident in the United States deserves access to affordable quality health care through Medicare For All. That critical need requires that we strengthen public hospitals like Provident and make that a real priority.”
What: RN availability on closure of Provident Hospital Emergency Room
Where: 500 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615
When: April 6, 2020 4:00 PM CT
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