Staff at Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West have begun preparations ahead of a potential New York State Nurses Association strike Jan. 9, according to a memo reviewed by Crain’s.
The memo, shared to faculty, staff, students and trainees by the presidents of the three hospitals, says Mount Sinai Hospital has offered nurses a deal comparable to the tentative agreement reached by New York–Presbyterian and its nurses. Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside are still in negotiations.
The hospitals’ plans include canceling some elective surgeries, with Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West performing emergency surgeries only. All three hospitals, as well as Mount Sinai Beth Israel, have begun diverting the majority of ambulances away from their emergency rooms. Patients are being transferred out of the hospitals, including babies in neonatal intensive care.