Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
St. Joesph’s Hospital Vigil
Written By: Jennifer Sheahen
ELMIRA---[WENY]---Patients who have relied on St. Joseph's in Elmira for care for years will now have to travel father for care.
Tonight the New York State Nurses Association is held a candle light Vigil outside of ST. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Caregivers and patients are protesting to keep their jobs after Arnot Health made major cuts.
"We want to stay here. We want to give the care we always have given to our patients," says Lu-Ann a long time nurse at St. Joe's.
In just the past week at least 83 nurses and caregivers found out they would be losing their jobs on September 23. Some will be transferred to Arnot Hospital but most are not sure what's next.
"Angry, all of the nurses are very upset," says Karen Wida a Nurse Representative for the New York State Nurses Association.
St. Joseph's in Elmira has a long standing relationship with the community.
"Even though I don't work there, I feel like a member of the hospital," says Kathleen Huddle a concerned citizen.
Some people have been working there for 20, 30, even 40 years.
Arnot Health did put out a statement saying,
"This is not an action we take lightly. It will impact many valued colleagues, and we recognize the hardship a job loss represents to any individual or family."
At tonight's vigil the silence and over 90 supporters showed that these nurses are here for the community no matter what.