In a statement provided to HealthLeaders Media in February, the hospital said, "At Northern Westchester Hospital, patient safety is our priority and we completely support the actions of our nursing staff in this case as they were clearly acting out of concern for the safety of a newborn baby."
Readers of my column expressed their dismay over what happened between Mr. Kennedy and the nurses. They noted, however, their gratitude toward Northern Westchester Hospital for supporting the actions of the nurses in the wake of such a high-profile case.
"Congratulations to the nurses for doing their duty. Congratulations to the hospital's administration for standing behind their nurses 100%," one online commenter wrote.
"At the end, I am glad that the hospital is supportive of it's [sic] nurses," wrote another.
The hospital stuck by its nurses, despite the might of the Kennedy name, despite the fact that one of the physician witnesses (who's also a family friend of Kennedy) called the nurses the "only aggressors."
That the hospital publicly showed its unwavering support is an important element of this story. I've written a lot about the importance of nurses feeling supported in their work. Having supported nurses help boost employee morale, reduce medication errors, and even improve a hospital's bottom line.