Rally in the rain for psych ward


On an overcast, rainy afternoon, several dozen health care professionals in red ponchos gathered with signs written in red ink outside Allen Hospital just south of Marble Hill. 

The New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, which the Allen Hospital is a part of, plans to cut 30 inpatient beds in the hospital’s psychiatric ward. That attracted a number of protesters, including city comptroller Scott Stringer, who stressed the importance of keeping those beds open as they are a critical lifeline for the mentally ill. 

By the end of the rally, there was a small ray of hope. Anthony Ciampa, a vice president of the New York State Nurses Association, shared the pending closure of those beds was pushed back a year to Summer 2019.