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DREXEL HILL, Pa. (CBS) — Health care workers hit the picket line in Delaware County on Wednesday, angered by what they call “dangerous shutdowns” and service cuts. They were joined in their protest by lawmakers.

Employees say the hospital is in crisis and the service cuts are dangerous for the underserved patients they care for.

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Nurses and technicians at Delaware County Memorial Hospital say they are protesting their employers’ decision to dramatically cut services, forcing patients to seek treatment elsewhere.

“ICU is — May 23 is their last day,” said Angela Neopolitano, president of the Delaware County Nurses Association. “The operating room, May 20 is their last day. Outpatient services were cut on April 4. Maternity was cut in January. Our drug and alcohol program was also terminated in April.

Drivers honked their horns to show their support for the protest.

With the pace of the cuts, employees fear losing their jobs.

“We went from being patients and being kind of busy not being,” said Delaware County Technical Employees Association president Cindy Buonopane. “We were really shattered at this point and our next step is closed.”

Delaware County Memorial Hospital is part of the Crozer-Keystone Health System.

Crozer’s parent company, Prospect Medical Holdings, is currently in the process of selling the hospitals.

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“I don’t think for-profit companies should run health care systems,” Rep. Mike Zabel said. “I will therefore introduce a bill that will impose a moratorium on any health care operator purchased by a for-profit entity.

After the picket, several elected officials joined the crowd for a rally.

State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, who is seven months pregnant, said that since there is no more maternity ward, she should give birth at the nearest hospital in Montgomery County.

“I’m very privileged in that I can go there, drive there and take all my appointments there,” O’Mara said, “but how many women in Delaware County don’t have that privilege? and who are now struggling because of the lack of maternities?

Crozer-Keystone Health System did not respond to a request for comment, but in an earlier statement it said it is “committed to providing safe, high-quality patient care.” While we respect the union and its representation of our co-workers, we do not support the disruptive environment that picketing can create.

“We are going to fight as hard as we can so that they don’t close this hospital,” Neopolitano said.

ChristianaCare, a Delaware-based nonprofit, is considering buying Crozer.

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Employees hope the new parent company will restore services that the current parent company cut.