The facility is deeply in debt, leaving patients and employees wondering whether the doors can stay open.
Roseland Vice President Sharon Thurman tells WGN 5:00 p.m. Wednesday is the next deadline for the hospital to close.
If the hospital is not promised state money by that time, the doors will close and patients will be transferred.
Members of the hospital staff joined union members and the Rainbow Push Coalition outside the hospital Wednesday.
Demonstrators chanted, “Keep Roseland open!” They’re pleading with the state to step in and fund the $7 million needed to keep the hospital running.
Thurman says Governor Quinn’s representatives were at the hospital Tuesday but they left without making a financial commitment. There is still hope the money will be found to keep the hospital’s doors open.
The hospital board will meet Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. If the state does not come through, the doors will close and plans will be finalized to transfer patients to other hospitals.
Members of Rainbow Push say this is a health crisis for the South Side. “This is the same community that has experienced schools closing, mental health clinics closing, libraries closing, bus routes being shut down, and fares being raised. They can’t take the hospital being closed,” said Bishop Tavis Grant.
Another vigil and march is planned for 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.