NYC Hospitals Relocate Sick Babies Ahead Of Looming Nurses Strike

As many as 9,000 New York City nurses at four hospitals are set to go on strike Monday morning.
FILE - Zach Clapp, a nurse in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU at Mount Sinai Hospital signs a board demanding safe staffing during a rally by NYSNA nurses from NY Presbyterian and Mount Sinai, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in New York. Negotiations to keep 10,000 New York City nurses from walking off the job headed Friday, Jna. 6, 2023, into a final weekend as some major hospitals braced for a potential strike by sending ambulances elsewhere and transferring such patients as vulnerable newborns.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

At a glance

  • The four hospitals are Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West and Montefiore.
  • The Mount Sinai Health System has already started diverting most ambulances and transferring babies from its neonatal intensive care units to other hospital systems.
  • Other measures being taken in preparation of the strike include: Cancelling elective surgeries, transferring some patients and discharging as many as possible.
  • Among the unionized nurses requests are better pay and nurse-to-patient ratio.

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