An online petition to save the children’s hospital at Tuft’s Medical Center is nearing its goal of 35,000 signatures.
The petition, which users created after the medical center announced Jan. 20 that it would close its pediatric hospital, had more than 31,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. If the petition reaches 35,000, Change.org said it would be one of the most signed articles on the website.
“These hospital administrators should be held accountable for this insulting, ill-advised, inappropriate and dispassionate decision that lacks all moral integrity,” the petitions say. “Thousands of children’s lives have been saved by the dedicated staff of incredible professionals at Tufts Children’s Hospital over the past 100 years – why, for one simple reason – they care!!”
Earlier this month, Tufts Medical Center announced it would close its 41-bed pediatric hospital this summer after more than a century of caring for sick children.
Tufts will move children in their care down the road from Massachusetts’ leading pediatric hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital.
Tufts began treating children in 1894, according to the hospital’s website, from a ship that sailed around Boston Harbor and became known as the Floating Hospital for Children.
Tim O’Connell, the founder of Tommy’s Place, which creates dream vacation homes for children battling cancer, created the petition.