Nursing Homes & Hospitals

On this page, you will find ongoing updates about the activities of 1199 members who work for nursing homes and hospitals in Connecticut.  Scroll below to read any current posts – and check back soon for updates!

‘We’re essential workers and we’re hurting right now’: Coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on nursing home employees

With the coronavirus tearing through the Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford, Cassondra Diaz was careful to take precautions. She always wore a mask, even though she worked as a bookkeeper in the front office, not providing direct care to …

Nursing home workers say they’re still not getting enough PPE

Nursing home workers lined the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding PPE. They say their companies are not providing enough of it and want the state to step in. The Grimes Center Currently has 31 percent of their residents …

US nursing homes seek legal immunity as Covid-19 spreads ‘like brushfire’

The US nursing home industry is clamoring for legal immunity during the coronavirus pandemic, even as horror stories from hard-hit facilities enrage families, consumer advocates and the American public. Healthcare organizations insist liability protections are essential for under-resourced nursing homes …

Widespread testing has begun at nursing homes. So far, staff are excluded

Widespread testing at nursing homes across Connecticut has begun, part of a push by Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration to curb the spread of COVID-19 among one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. But operators at some of the homes said Tuesday that …

PPE For Nursing Homes During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Nursing Homes Hit Hard By COVID-19 Had More Staffing, Infection control problems before pandemic

Last summer – months before the novel coronavirus began its deadly race across Connecticut – dozens of residents at a Waterbury nursing home started wheezing. Some had trouble breathing. Others became congested. The “respiratory outbreak” at Abbott Terrace Health Center …

‘Don’t tell me I killed my mom’: Nursing home CNA says she contracted coronavirus at work, passed it along to her mother who died

WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — A nursing home worker says she believes she caught coronavirus at work and passed it along to her mother who later died of the virus. Certified Nursing Assistant Francene Bailey says her mother, Hazel, died Sunday, …

‘Would this population of caregivers be treated differently if they were white, and male, and wealthy?’

The federal and state response to COVID-19 in nursing homes is riddled with economic — and racial — inequities that are taking a greater toll in deaths and illnesses than government officials have disclosed, Connecticut’s largest healthcare workers’s union charged …

A Connecticut nursing home, Kimberly Hall North in Windsor, has had 35 deaths due to coronavirus outbreak

There have been 35 deaths from COVID-19 at Kimberly Hall North nursing home in Windsor, nearly four times the state’s official number for the facility, as the coronavirus continues to decimate elderly residents of Connecticut’s long-term care facilities. “There’s truly …

Fear Grips Health Workers Caring For The Elderly

For the past month or so, Leikish Nails has engaged in an elaborate ritual the minute she gets home from her shift at Touchpoints at Manchester, a skilled nursing facility that has seen four deaths and more than two dozen …

Milford nursing home worker dies of COVID-19 after being on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis

Read the Story from The Hartford Courant HereAngeline Bernadel loved her job at West River Healthcare Center in Milford. But by mid-March, the 52-year-old nurse had become concerned about the new coronavirus, which was just beginning its grim race through …

COVID-19 Continues To Hit Connecticut’s Nursing Home Population Hard

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‘We are in a war zone, and we’re scared for our lives’ – Boston Globe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — They sound like soldiers, facing an enemy both invisible and treacherous. At the hospitals, they care for the sick and prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients. At the nursing homes, they try to protect their fragile …

State to dedicate 2 nursing homes, other alternate sites to COVID-positive patients

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) — The coronavirus statistics reflect social distancing may be working statewide, but there is a crisis happening in several nursing homes. State officials said 39 percent of homes have at least one positive coronavirus case. The state …

Urgent Update on Nursing Homes and COVID-19

Video streaming conference on April 8th with SEIU 1199 NE President Rob Baril and nursing home workers who are risking their lives in the front lines. Healthcare workers and their patients are dying on the front lines due to lack …

CT nursing homes directed to limit visitors amid coronavirus concerns

As state officials took steps to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus, labor leaders contemplated how to address staffing shortages in nursing homes should an outbreak occur in Connecticut. Rob Baril, president of SEIU 1199, the largest health-care worker …

Owner of Waterbury nursing home pleads guilty to federal theft charges

WATERBURY – A 71-year-old New York man who owned a city nursing home pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling millions from a pension and health plan for its employees. Chaim Stern, of Flushing, N.Y. appeared in federal court in Bridgeport where …

Workers Announce Strike Deadline Against Cassena Care due to Unfair Labor Practices

Union caregivers from District 1199NE, SEIU, sent their intent to strike notice to Cassena Care Norwalk, Stamford and New Britain with a strike deadline set for December 10, 2019, at 6:00 AM. Workers are ready to strike against all Cassena …

More Nursing Home Workers Join the Ranks at SEIU 1199 NE

Three West Hartford nursing homes vote with a resounding “Yes” to join 1199 Caregivers at Hebrew Senior Care in West Hartford voted unanimously 26-0 in favor of joining the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU. The workers …

1199 Press Conference – Protecting Connecticut’s Nursing Homes Threatened by Defunding

Monday, September 16th, the New England Health Care Employees Union, SEIU 1199NE, nursing home administrators, workers, residents, family members and policymakers held a press conference on protecting Connecticut’s nursing homes. Nursing homes across Connecticut, such as Kimberly Hall South, Governor’s …