PHC Rallies In Albany Against Health Cuts
On Tuesday April 1, 2003, close to 40,000 healthcare employees from the greater New York Hospitals and Nursing Homes packed the Pepsi Arena in Albany and then marched in the snow at the State Capital Mall to protest proposed cuts in healthcare funding in the state budget. Peninsula Hospital Center (PHC) was represented by three busloads of employees, comprising many departments. "Due to the dedication and support of our employees, PHC was able to participate in the largest demonstration the stat capital has ever seen," stated Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer at PHC. "This surely relayed the message that we want lawmakers to reduce healthcare cuts proposed by Governor Pataki’s budget." The proposed cut is nearly $2 billion for New York State and includes Medicaid reimbursement reductions. These huge cutbacks would force hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers to reduce key staff, services, and access to care. Pictured, at the rally are Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer at PHC (left) and Colin Rodriguez, Transporter at PHC and an 1199 Union Representative.