The Put People First! PA Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee (HRC) has been fighting to keep Lancaster UMPC Pinnacle open since finding out about it’s slated demolition in December 2018. This past Tuesday, February 12 the Lancaster HRC was in front of City Council again demanding justice. Here’s is WGAL’s coverage of the action, including City Council testimony from HRC leader Anne and an interview with Tammy.

ABC 27 also covered the hospital closing and PPF’s response to it here “UPMC Pinnacle lays out plan to close Lancaster hospital”.  As well as coverage by WITF, “UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster announces closing dates amid public outcry,” public broadcasting operating out of Harrisburg, reaching 17 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Want to learn more or get involved?

  • Contact Tammy at tammyrojas1977@gmail.com
  • Follow the Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee Facebook Page
  • Come out and spread the word about upcoming actions: “WEEKEND of ACTION”
    • Forum Saturday February 23rd 2-4pm
    • Candlelight Vigil Sunday February 24th from 5-6pm
    • Public meeting with UPMC scheduled Monday February 25th at 6:30pm 

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Video transcript: WEBVTT CASE. >> THE PEOPLE MOST AFFECTED ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE HEARD ON THIS ISSUE. DANIELLE: SO THAT’S WHY TAMMY ROJAS IS USING HER VOICE, AND FIGHTING TO KEEP UPMC PINNACLE LANCASTER OPEN. >> I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE A SERIOUS LOSS TO THE COMMUNITY. DANIELLE: ON TUESDAY NIGHT, ROJAS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF PUT PEOPLE FIRST P.A., TOOK THEIR CONCERNS TO CITY COUNCIL. >> THIS CLOSING WILL LEAVE THE CITY WITH ONE HOSPITAL. DANIELLE: AND GAVE COUNCIL A LIST OF DEMANDS. >> WE WANT A PUBLIC MEETING WITH UPMC PINNACLE’S CCEO AND EXECUTIVES PRESENT WE WANT A CITY RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE NEED FOR A PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE FOR THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. DANIELLE: DURING THE MEETING, THE GROUP PUBLICLY RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE LANCASTER BRANCH OF THE NAACP AND EVEN A MEMBER OF COUNCIL. >> I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT ON MY BEHALF I AM SUPPORTING YOU. DANIELLE: THE GROUP SAYS NEXT WEEKEND IT IS HOSTING A COMMUNITY FORUM AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AS ANOTHER EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE IMPACT T

January 28, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:

Tammy Rojas  
(717) 205-3230
tammyrojas1977@gmail.com
Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee
Put People First! PA

Lancaster Residents Dig in for a Fight To Keep UPMC Open
Put People First! PA – Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee to rally
at office of Lancaster County Commissioners

WHAT:    Lancaster members of Put People First! PA, a grassroots, statewide organization of people directly impacted by the healthcare crisis, will call for immediate action from our county commissioners regarding the closing and demolition of UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster Hospital, located at 250 College Avenue, by rallying outside County Government Center.


WHERE:     Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N Queen Street, Lancaster
WHEN:     Wednesday January 30, 2019, at 1:00 pm

Since the December 18th meeting of the Lancaster City Council, the slated closure of the UPMC-Pinnacle hospital has begun to raise alarm in our community. On December 23, 2018 the LNP Editorial Board wrote, “We think there ought to be more important considerations than a health system’s bottom line…. It’s not asking too much to have some choice in where one gets one’s health care. But increasingly, we are being left with fewer choices — and no way of changing that reality.” (1)

The Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee will be taking action to protect our basic human right to healthcare here in Lancaster. County Commissioners should do everything in their power to keep UPMC Pinnacle open, and we appeal to the public to take action to protect our local jobs and healthcare services.  

“Closing this hospital will hurt those of us who are already struggling. Lack of access to healthcare services lead to health issues, leading to job loss, homelessness and poverty, making this a crisis we can’t ignore. We must stop UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster from closing until our concerns are addressed. We need to hear that our elected representatives care about our well-being ,” stated Tammy Rojas, member of Put People First! PA and Coordinator of the Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee during City Council Meeting on December 18, 2018. (2)

These closures illustrate the need for an office of the Public Healthcare Advocate’s the State Government who can advocate for all Pennsylvania residents who are at the mercy of for-profit healthcare providers, an issue that Put People First! PA has been raising across the State.

Put People First! PA has members in 17 counties waging their “Healthcare is a Human Right” campaign. Last September, the Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee held a demonstration against substandard care and working conditions at ManorCare Lancaster, as part of a Statewide Week of Action in York, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, and Johnstown PA. Since then the Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee has been at the forefront of the fight to keep UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster open.

  1. https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/closure-of-upmc-pinnacle-lancaster-highlights-the-tough-realities-of/article_bf54ae02-056e-11e9-beaf-7be77f37c05a.html
  2. https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/city-council-passes-lancaster-s-budget-gets-earful-over-upmc/article_d3c1e472-033e-11e9-aaac-af061e4653c8.html

September 19, 2018

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Put People First! PA holds
Statewide Week of Action against Healthcare Profiteers

Last week, September 10th-17th, Pennsylvanians experiencing poverty, disability, or difficulty meeting their basic needs held public demonstrations as part of a Statewide Week of Action organized by healthcare rights organization, Put People First! PA. Dozens gathered outside of healthcare businesses and intermediaries including Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), insurance companies, nursing facilities, and private prison healthcare providers to call attention to profiteering in the healthcare system. Residents demanded the establishment of a state-level Public Advocate to resolve complaints about private, for-profit health insurance companies, MCOs and other healthcare organizations, especially those that take state funding.

On September 10th, members of Put People First! PA (PPF) held a call-in day targeting Gateway Insurance to advocate for PPF Member Kim Atland, of the York County Healthcare Rights Committee. For years, Gateway Insurance has denied him full access to all components of the special shoes that he needs to move without discomfort. Kim is disabled and has had 51 reconstructive surgeries. After our call-in day, Gateway informed Kim that they had re-assessed their decision and the treatment he had been denied would now be covered.

On September 15th, PPF members held public demonstrations outside two ManorCare facilities on opposite sides of the state, in Lancaster and in Pittsburgh. ManorCare is a network of nursing and rehabilitation centers and was just acquired by ProMedica Health System and real estate investment trust, Welltower Inc., for $4.4 billion dollars. The Lancaster ManorCare facility received a one-star health inspection rating from the state. Earlier this year, the facility failed to report a rape to the State Office of Aging.

Put People First! PA members shared stories of family who have been mistreated in ManorCare facilities. Says PPF member Anne Winslow, a chaplain in nursing homes across the greater Lancaster area, “Neither the staff or the residents should be subjected to such treatment by the profiteers. The profits that fill their coffers can more than withstand the hiring of additional staff to give the residents the care they deserve and bring their buildings up to livable conditions.”

On September 17th, PPF members held a demonstration at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown where family members have experienced unsatisfactory care. The hospital currently has a 2-out-of-5 star rating from Medicare.gov which puts it in the bottom 30% of hospitals.

“Whether it’s incarcerated people, people on Medicaid, people with disabilities, working people, youth or elders, profiteers are present in all forms of care and every level of the system,” remarked Kim Altland of York County.

Put People First! PA gives voice to everyday poor and dispossessed Pennsylvanians who are struggling to meet their basic needs. We have members in 17 counties and Healthcare Rights Committees in Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Altoona, York, Lancaster and Philadelphia, crossing the typical racial and urban/suburban/rural divides. Our Healthcare is a Human Right campaign is working towards universal, publicly financed healthcare for everyone in the state.

“No human being should be housed in a substandard facility with underpaid staff, or be denied necessary treatment. Governor Wolf should support the establishment of an office of the Public Advocate that can pursue healthcare complaints and advocate for better treatment for Pennsylvania residents,” said Zachary Hershman, PPF Member from Philadelphia.

 

www.putpeoplefirstpa.org

 

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The Fall 2018/Winter 2019 Keystone News is here!

The Keystone News is Put People First! PA’s entirely member-produced newsletter, coordinated by our all-volunteer Media and Communications Team. This edition features updates on our Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign and how we’re building a Nonviolent Medicaid Army, profiles of our Mother Jones Leadership Program participants, art and poetry, and updates from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, along with other content! Download and share!