LI hospital worker who sent racist messages about patients no longer employed

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Long Island health care worker who sent racist messages to someone about her patients is no longer employed, the hospital system for which she worked confirmed Friday. 

Northwell Health launched an investigation after a Southside Hospital employee, who is also a nursing student, had a conversation online in which she was “advocating racist views,” the hospital system said in a statement. 

NBC New York reported that the woman sent direct messages to someone on Instagram in which she espoused racist views about Black and Hispanic patients. 

“My hospital is all gang members that are Spanish and black,” she wrote, according to the outlet. “Half of them are here bc they got shot. Or half of them are here bc they’re so drunk it’s disgusting. So I see things differently.” 

“I will never marry or date anyone besides a white kid,” she went on to say. “Bc I do think Hispanics and blacks are f---ing lazy.”

In its statement, Northwell Health called the woman’s views “disturbing,” adding that they “have no place in our organization.” 

“Understandably, the comments caused hurt, pain and anger among those who saw them,” the hospital system said. “The employee who was under investigation is no longer with the health system.”

“Northwell condemns and does not tolerate any form of hate, racism, discrimination and harassment,” it added. “Consistent with our policies, any time behavior that undermines our culture is identified, we respond quickly to investigate and take the appropriate action based on the results of any inquiry.”