Thursday, December 14, 2023

A rally this morning to speak out about the pending closure of Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Local community advocates and elected officials are gathering this morning to speak out against Mount Sinai's announcement to close their Beth Israel facility on First Avenue at 16th Street. 

Per the invite: 
The decision comes suddenly as the public was alerted in the last three weeks that the hospital would close by summer 2024. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s wider exposure of systemic inequities in New York City's health care system, particularly in regard to the increasingly low levels of inpatient beds provided to under-served communities, the community is rallying to demand the availability of services. 

With the closure of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, there will be one hospital south of 23rd Street, an area that has a population of 400,000 people. Councilmember Rivera will lead a rally letting Mt. Sinai know that we need our hospital! 
The rally starts at 11 a.m. today (Dec. 14) on the NW corner of 17th Street and First Avenue.

As previously reported, there's a pending July 12, 2024, closing date on the books. In October, officials reportedly notified state regulators — who must sign off on their plans — of their request to shutter the 799-bed teaching hospital.  


Anonymous said...

What is the rally going to do?
The decision has already been made to close the hospital.
It is all about the dollars $$$$$
Real Estate developers own the politicians who run this City and that is the sad truth.

Anonymous said...

there’s numerous hospitals up first ave just past this, that this money losing one is necessary is a weak argument (unlike say St Vincent’s which was the only hospital in its immediate neighborhood)

Anonymous said...

You're missing the point, convenient to the east village is not convenient to the west village, Soho, l.e.s, Chinatown etc. only other hospital is near the Brooklyn bridge .

FilmBikerChic said...

Virtue signaling.
Constituents have already learned that holding a rally or protest does nothing to change the minds of elected officials and the powers that be.

Perhaps if elected officials (Rivera, Glick, Epstein, and Kavanagh) really want to save Beth Israel, they might read up on Paul Levy saving (coincidentally) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.