A Facebook post allegedly written by a Nyack Hospital nurse at blasting Chasidic women for their lifestyle choices has sparked outrage in Rockland County’s Jewish community, many of whom patronize the nearby medical facility.
According to a News 12 report (http://bit.ly/2rXQO6g), Deborah Rosario wrote the post on Wednesday complaining that Chasidic women stay home to raise their large families while she and others have to work two jobs to make ends meet.
“They hide behind their religion!” posted Rosario. “I’m tired of my tax dollars paying for their 13 children!!!! I’m working 2 jobs while these pregnant beauties are shopping at lord and Taylor!!! When will it end?”
Rosario, who began the post on her personal Facebook page by saying that she was voicing opinions that others might be afraid to articulate, finished off with a call to action, urging Rockland County residents to “wake up.”
Yossi Gestetner, head of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, said that he was tipped off to the post by a member of the Jewish community.
Gestetner posted the content of Rosario’s post on Twitter and was contacted a short time later by officials at the hospital who arranged a Thursday morning meeting between Gestetner, Nyack Hospital CEO Dr. Mark Geller and the hospital’s chairman of the board Richard Kohlhausen.
Gestetner said that the mere fact that the hospital arranged the high level meeting so quickly indicated the facility’s commitment to treating all patients equally and its zero tolerance policy on discrimination.
“If someone wants to be a bigot that’s life but for a registered nurse at a hospital that services Orthodox and Chasidic people to say things like that gets people unnerved,” Gestetner told VIN News. “It is against the code of conduct for members of the medical profession to disparage anyone based on their race, ethnicity, religion and so forth.”
An official statement released by Nyack Hospital said that the facility prides itself on offering the highest level of care to every patient and is continuing an internal investigation into the incident.
“We are appalled by the Facebook post, which in no way reflects our ideas and care delivered each day,” read the statement.
Lauren Malone, director of public relations at the hospital, said that she could not comment on what kind of consequences Rosario might be facing.