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Nearly 50 nurses might be unemployed after vote to put MetroHealth in charge of county jail medical facilities

Posted: 7:35 AM, Apr 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-10 07:35:33-04
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CLEVELAND — County council unanimously voted to make MetroHealth Medical Center the sole medical provider at the troubled county jail Tuesday evening.

This is just the latest shake-up at the jail that’s recently been making headlines after an uptick in deaths and suicides.

"I was hoping that maybe there would have been a roll call vote, maybe there would have been a few more of the council members that would have just stood up and said 'you know maybe we just need to go back and look at what’s going on',” said Steven Frammartino, a union representative for the jail’s registered nurses.

All 48 unionized registered nurses could soon be unemployed. They'll have to re-apply to Metro which of course does not guarantee their jobs. Some of the registered nurses have worked for the county jail for over 20 years.

The folks at MetroHealth Medical Center said the jobs will be open to everyone and their number one concern is the inmates getting the best care possible.

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