CHICAGO (CBS) — Community activists demonstrated outside the Thompson Center in the noon hour – asking Governor Quinn to save the financially-troubled Roseland Hospital.
“People will literally die in our streets because they won’t be able to get to a hospital that can save them,” said Reverend Dr. Phillip Cusic.
Reverend Dr. Cusic led a contingent to the Thompson Center – a group that included April Verrett, a union official who represents 200 of the employees at Roseland Hospital.
“Where is the mother supposed to take her asthmatic child who’s having an asthma attack, when her child can’t breathe? Where is she supposed to go? Is she supposed to get to Stroger – with no Red Line to take her? Is she supposed to go to the University of Chicago, that has already said they don’t want the patients?” said Verrett.
The demonstrators say the state owes Roseland Hospital between 4 and 6 million dollars. The state comptroller’s office says the state owes Roseland just over $29,000 and Roseland Hospital has stated that that the state does not how the hospital millions. Roseland Hospital has said it could stop taking new patients as soon as Wednesday.
The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times both report that Roseland Hospital CEO Dian Powell has stepped down and Board Chair Genivee Chapman has been appointed interim CEO.
A representative of Governor Quinn says the governor is “committed to working out an innovative solution to help sustain Roseland” Hospital.