After Albany Med lockdown, nurses union calls for improved safety

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It was business as usual at Albany Medical Center after police tell us they arrested Dino Savoca for barricading himself in his mother’s room, after pointing what appeared to be a handgun at a transport employee.

It’s the “business as usual” that concerns members of the New York State Nurses Association.

In a statement to NewsChannel 13 they said they are “deeply disturbed by the safety breach that took place [Monday] night at Albany Med.”

The spokesperson for Albany Med applauded staff for their resiliency, acknowledging everything they’ve been through since the pandemic. However, nurses like Michele Hanna would like something more tangible.

“We know we can get through tragedies. We know we can get through difficult times, but I don’t know if we have to make it harder. There are measures we’d asked for – again metal detectors, increased security – we asked for these things time and time again, and they just said no,” she said.

The NYSNA wants to meet with management at Albany Medical Center to express their concerns and improve safety measures.