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Nurses Tell Westchester Lawmakers Administration is Hurting Patient Care

Officials from the New York State Nurses Association, the union that represents nurses at Westchester Medical Center, told the County Board of Legislators’ Community Services Committee on Tuesday that patient care is suffering as a result of hospital management’s cutbacks and reorganization of medical staff.

Nurses’ representatives told of cases where nurses are tied up in administrative and other work resulting in a loss of patient care.

Sam Caquias, a representative of the Nurses Association, said the region’s healthcare is suffering.

“The bottom line is we want to be able to maintain the level of healthcare we’ve done in the Hudson Valley for years; that’s all the nurses ask for,” Caquias said. “This is not just a service of Westchester; it’s everyone.”

Committee Chairwoman Alfreda Williams said the information provided by the nurses is “dismal.”