The campaign to save Providence continued last week even as the hospital moved forward with plans to shut down in early December. Hospital advocates — including union and community supporters — met with DC City Council members late in the week while Ward 5 councilmember Kenyan McDuffie went door-to-door in neighborhoods around the hospital urging residents to turn out for the October 10 Council hearing on the closing. “Ascension’s decision to close the hospital will not only be devastating to the doctors, nurses and all medical workers, who have committed themselves to serve, but the community as well,” said Wanda Shelton-Martin, Executive Director of Metropolitan District 1199 DC NUHHCE, AFSCME. “This flight must be fought by all, the community, the workers and our elected leaders.” The coalition is asking supporters to participate in their action tomorrow by calling DC City Council members and and demanding they tell Ascension: “Fix It, Don’t Close It: Save Providence Hospital.” Click here for details and Council member contact info. photo: McDuffie (center) at the Sept. 13 community meeting to save Providence; photo by Natasha Acevedo
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