Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Texas hospital faces closure over COVID-19 vaccine mandate: CEO

The chief executive of a Texas hospital warned that his facility is facing closure after President Joe Biden announced last week that most healthcare workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

As the KCBD reports, if the mandate is passed, Brownfield Regional Medical Center CEO Jerry Jasper said that “20 percent of my, maybe 20 to 25 percent of my staff will have to go.” Losing those workers is likely to cause their hospitals to close, and losing Medicare and Medicaid money is not an option, he said.

A White House stipulates that healthcare workers working in hospitals and facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare funds must receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s just as huge in our rural community as all the other rural communities. We all have high levels of poverty and things like that, so a lot of Medicaid use in our communities and things like that,” Jasper told the station. commented on.

Another local hospital executive said the mandate echoed Jasper’s sentiments.

“Well, that would obviously be disastrous for the community. We have a huge percentage of our revenue that comes from Medicare, Medicaid and those types of products,” Larry Gray, CEO of Seminole Hospital District, told the station.

While Gray said he encourages vaccines, the mandates don’t work.

“I think the mandate is just a terrible message because if vaccination is working, why are you asking people to get vaccinated?” Gray asked. “What happens to the medical decisions is personal choice between the patient and their doctor, which are all things we’re trying to support.”

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In addition to mandates for healthcare workers, Biden also announced that he would direct the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration against companies with 100 or more workers to enforce a rule requiring employees to either get the vaccine or weekly COVID-19 vaccine. 19 to be submitted for testing. He said federal employees and contractors would also have to get vaccinated.

In upstate New York, a regional hospital executive said the facility would have to at least temporarily close its maternity unit and would not be able to deliver babies because of a mandate handed down by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to local media reports, Lewis County Health System chief executive Gerald Care said six employees working at the unit had resigned.

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“If we can stop the service and now focus on recruiting vaccinated nurses, we will be able to give birth to babies here in Lewis County,” Care said at a news conference on September 10.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Texas hospital faces closure over COVID-19 vaccine mandate: CEO
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