South Side hospital's future discussed

October 28, 2009 (CHICAGO) Speakers denounced a draft plan to turn Provident Hospital into a regional health clinic hub, and transfer its in-patient services to Stroger Hospital.

The board says at 60 beds Provident is too small and inefficient.

Hundreds of nurses and non-clinical county health workers have received layoff notices as part of the board's efforts to eliminate waste and duplication.

"No matter if you have a shooting, this is Chicago, whatever you have, whatever treatment, you are going to need an in-patient stay and those are the type of patients we take care of," said Leslie Curtis, National Nurses Organizing Committee.

The board says it will slow down its plans to change what's offered at Provident.

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