Protesters gathered near the Pitt campus at the intersection of Forbes and Bigelow on Friday, January 8th. The group known as Save Our Community Hospitals was picketing against the closure of Braddock Hospital. Despite a winter storm with a blistering cold windchill, the peaceful gatherers stood strong together and delivered their message to thousands of pedestrians and drivers between 11:30am and 1:00pm.
This hospital was originally opened in 1906. Located about 8 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, the full-service hospital has been a fixture in Braddock for over 100 years. According to the UPMC Braddock website:
UPMC Braddock serves the residents of 25 communities in the Monongahela Valley, with a primary service area comprised of the Woodland Hills and Steel Valley communities
On October 16, 2009, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (a non-profit corporation) announced their intentions to close the local hospital on January 31, 2010. In less than a month, the Save Braddock Hospital group was formed and has been holding events to spread awareness ever since.
On December 18th, protesters went Downtown dressed up as zombies and marched from the Greyhound bus station to the U.S. Steel Building. While they might not be as entertaining as the zombie march, you can see more pictures from Friday’s protest below. Some of the signs read:
UPMC <3’s $
HealthCare, what’s CLASS got to do with it?
Pitt is NOT it for minority HealthCare
HealthCare not WealthCare
Why is Pitt turning its back on Braddock
HealthCare, what’s RACE got to do with it?
UPMC = Greedy
There will be a major rally at Braddock Hospital on Friday, January 15th at 2:30pm – this is supposed to be the day that Braddock Hospital will stop taking new patients. Save Braddock Hospital wants your help.