Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown
Ogdensburg
Massena-Potsdam
Lowville
Carthage
Malone
NNY Business
NNY Living
NNY Ads
Mon., Dec. 29
ADVERTISE SUBSCRIBE
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

Union warned hospital of problems

PREV
NEXT
ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

The closure of E.J. Noble Hospital Sept. 28 was caused by the hospital leadership’s failure to heed the warnings from the state Department of Health and 1199 Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers East.

In August, the hospital was cited by the Department of Health for severe lab deficiencies in a 31-page document. Union 1199 members expressed concern to management about the lab supervisor who caused these deficiencies; the lab was understaffed and did not have enough supplies. Mary Wilsie, 1199 SEIU administrative organizer, was told that they were addressing the violations. Yet everything in the lab remained the same.

We are saddened that it took the death of a patient — one of our neighbors — and the closing of this facility by the Department of Health to finally cause hospital leadership to take action. Action should have been taken in August to prevent negligence from happening. A family has lost a loved one, 70 employees are out of work, and an entire community is without access to their closest acute care center.

E.J. Noble is not just a place where 1199 represents workers; it is our hometown hospital that our families rely on. We can no longer tolerate the incompetence of a management that does not listen to the people who do the work every day — people who provide quality care in this hospital on a day-to-day basis. Part of having good patient care is having respect for all employees and listening to their concerns.

The members of 1199 SEIU have put together a petition for the community to sign.

Kathy Tucker

Gouverneur

The writer is vice president of 1199 SEIU.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Giveaway
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes