The Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, admitted that it had considered honoring a man’s request that no African-American nurses care for his baby (video below).
Tonya Battle, who worked as a nurse at Hurley Medical Center for 25 years, told the Detroit Free Press that she is suing the hospital because she was reassigned after the man told the staff not to allow African-Americans nurses around his baby.
The charge nurse reportedly told Battle that the man had rolled up his sleeve to reveal a swastika tattoo.
“Please, No African American Nurses to care for [redacted] Baby per Dad’s request,” the hospital note read, reports WJRT-TV.
Battle’s lawsuit claimed that a hospital attorney eventually told staff that the sign had to be taken down, after about four hours.
“We have no comments on that,” said Hurley CEO Melany Gavulic, who did confirm that a father had “demanded that no African American nurse be involved in his baby’s care.”
“Upon making his demand, he then showed the nurse’s supervisor his swastika tattoo, which created anger and outrage in our staff,” Gavulic explained. “This resulted in concern by supervisors for the safety of the staff.
“For these reasons, the request was initially evaluated, however, the father was informed that his request could not be granted.”
Activists with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network held a rally at Hurley Medical Center on Tuesday to demand answers.