SAVE ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL

SAVE ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL

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Shaeleigh Severino started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

When Peninsula Hospital was forced to close in 2012, over 100,000 Rockaway residents were left with only one option: St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. St. John’s has been serving the healthcare needs of the Rockaway community on its own for close to a decade and treated the very first known case of COVID-19 almost exactly a year ago.

Now—thanks to a plan proposed by an outside consulting firm hired by the state government to cut costs in the middle of a pandemic—St. John’s faces a dire future that either includes a drastic cut in staff, a drastic cut in services, or the transformation of the entire hospital into a 15-bed “micro-hospital.”

15 beds for 100,000 people.


The people of the Rockaways—and all of Southeast Queens—have been underserved, disrespected, and ignored for years, but this latest act, this latest betrayal has gone too far. This community needs MORE healthcare, not less. We need more hospitals and health centers, more doctors and nurses, more funding and resources. 


To even consider making ANY cuts to healthcare—especially ones this drastic—is nothing short of a death sentence for this community. 


Southeast Queens continues to be ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 11691 zip code—which includes St. John’s Hospital—suffered the second-highest death rate in the city at the height of the pandemic this past spring. Video of body bags being loaded onto refrigerated trucks outside the hospital went viral across the country. Over 400 Rockaway residents have died from COVID since the pandemic began.


The fact that this proposal comes not from the city or even the state but by an outside consulting group hired to slash the state health budget is a sickening indictment of the heartlessness and lack of concern for the people of Queens, especially those of color. 


The vast majority of patients who rely on St. John’s as their primary healthcare provider are Black and Brown. This is yet another example of New Yorkers of color suffering harm at the hands of their own government. Why is it when budgets “have to be cut” and when tough choices “have to be made,” it’s always people of color who must do without or get by with less?


We have to stop this from happening. It’s time to stand up for St. John’s.


Sign our petition demanding that the state drop its attempt to gut the hospital, fire a thousand essential workers, and leave 100,000 New Yorkers without a hospital.  

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