Protest Against Closure of Care Homes Set for this Afternoon
Press release: (And here’s a link you will learn a great deal from—a story in the North Coast Journal by Linda Stansberry about the conditions in the care homes.)
Community members will gather on Thursday to protest the closure of Pacific Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, the first of three Brius-owned care homes slated for closure in Humboldt County. Brius Healthcare Services is controlled by LA-based multi-millionaire Shlomo Rechnitz.
“The closure of Pacific Care Home, and others currently on the chopping block, will be catastrophic for individual patients, and our larger community. These patient transfers will tear families apart and put our most vulnerable citizens at risk of trauma and death. The loss of these facilities will impact our already over-taxed hospitals, first responders, social workers, and families – all of which negatively impact quality of life for ALL residents of Humboldt,” commented Austin Allison, candidate for Eureka City Council, member of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), and one of the organizers of this event.
Another organizer and NUHW member, Allen McClosky, says “There is no excuse for these closures. These facilities are owned by multi-millionaire Shlomo Rechnitz and their closures are a result of valuing profits over people and flagrant disregard for human life. These closures will traumatize and kill some of our most vulnerable residents.”
Interested parties can meet at Pacific Rehabilitation & Wellness Center (2211 Harrison Avenue, Eureka) this Thursday, October 13th, between 4:30 and 6:00 to demonstrate solidarity with the residents and family members who will be directly affected by these closures. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs.
More information is available at tinyurl.com/pacific-closure and briuswatch.org.