Rep. Towns’ statement:
“I am outraged by the announcement made today by Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center that it will lay off 240 employees. My heart goes out to those individuals and families that must now go out and find work, but these layoffs do not just affect those individuals who lost their jobs today. Many are concerned that these layoffs will also have negative impacts on the provision of healthcare services throughout
Of dire concern to many residents is the fact that they rely on Brookdale and its emergency care services – whether it’s for a heart attack, car wreck, or gun shot wound; families seek critical services everyday. In life or death situations, people should not have to worry about if they will be seen in a timely fashion, where they should turn for help, and whether or not they will receive quality service. These are the questions asked of me today by many residents calling my office.
Today, we are reminded just how fragile and fragmented our health care system is, but I assert to my constituents that I am here with you, demanding that you do not receive the short end of the stick and that you continue to have access to the quality health services you and your families deserve.”