Community mobilizes to rebuild Norwood Hospital a year after flood damage – NBC Boston
Community members advocating for the reconstruction and reopening of Norwood Hospital will gather for a rally on Sunday, nearly a year after a historic flooding from torrential rains forced it to close.
The rally, organized by the Coalition to Rebuild Norwood Hospital, is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. to the hospital.
The full-service hospital was forced to close in June 2020 after a massive, short-lived rainstorm dropped nearly half a foot of water, inundating parts of the city and damaging the building .
“The subsequent closure of this community institution could not have come at a worse time,” said Matthew Lane, member of the coalition and the Norwood Board of Selectmen in a written statement. âNot only did many find themselves without access to their healthcare professionals, our first responders had to redirect all emergency medical calls to other hospitals outside the region. Within days, hundreds of essential hospital jobs that supported local families and our community were eliminated or transferred. “
Hospital officials at the time said it would take at least a year longer to rebuild, but there has been no update on a reopening date.
Advocates for reopening hospitals say its closure has strained neighboring emergency services.
âAs a nurse I am concerned about the ability of patients to access high quality local care and as a member of the community I am concerned about the future of healthcare in the greater Norwood area. “, Joan Ballantyne, RN, and co-president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association bargaining unit at Norwood Hospital said in a written statement. “We have come together to urge that Norwood Hospital be rebuilt without delay and reopened with all previous services.”