The three hospitals have begun discharging patients. Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West plan to run inpatient services, while Mount Sinai Morningside is operating as a free-standing emergency department and inpatient child psychiatry unit for the duration of the potential strike.
Although administrators hoped NYSNA would rescind the 10-day strike notice it issued during the weekend, the memo states, the hospitals have to move forward with strike planning.
According to the memo, the hospitals continue to negotiate in good faith with NYSNA nurses, and the groups have already reached tentative agreements on some matters including health insurance, pensions and pandemic preparedness.
Thousands of NYSNA nurses voted last month to authorize a strike, with nurses at some hospitals still in the process of voting.
There are about 17,000 union nurses at 12 private hospitals in the city who are asking for better wages and improved staff-to-patient ratios.
Before Thursday morning, the hospitals kept largely mum about their strike preparation plans.
This story first appeared in Crain’s New York Business.