Affinity RN Welcomed Back To Work After Unlawful Termination
Affinity Medical Center registered nurses will be joined by members of local unions and community supporters in a celebratory show of support for RN Ann Wayt on her first day back to work Thursday after a federal court ordered the hospital to reinstate her, announced the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio (NNOC-OH). Affinity is also ordered to retract the report it made to the Ohio Board of Nursing seeking to have her nursing license rescinded.
Carrying bagpipes, flowers, and paper lanterns, a group of Wayt's RN colleagues will be on hand to greet her and will accompany her into the hospital. Nurses from units throughout the facility will send a flower every hour of her initial shift as an ongoing reminder of their support.
A ruling, issued January 22 by U.S. District Court Judge John Adams of the Northern District of Ohio, delivered a sweeping cease and desist injunction requiring Affinity Medical Center to end its lawless behavior in refusing to bargain with its registered nurses and engaging in repeated illegal discipline and harassment of its RNs. First bargaining sessions are set for February 21 and 24.
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Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS) is a Fortune 500 company based in Franklin, Tennessee, and is the parent company of Affinity Medical Center. Since recently closing a $7.6 billion purchase of Florida-based hospital chain Health Management Associates (HMA), CHS is now the largest provider of general hospital healthcare services in the United States in terms of number of acute care facilities.
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Two California hospitals, also owned by CHS, wrongfully terminated nurses who were union members and had been outspoken on labor issues.
A HAPPY ENDING
Nurses Celebrate Ann's Return to Work on February 13, 2014
Affinity Medical Center registered nurses joined members of local unions and community supporters in a celebratory show of support for RN Ann Wayt on her first day back to work February 13 after a federal court ordered the hospital to reinstate her. Affinity is also ordered to retract the report it made to the Ohio Board of Nursing seeking to have her nursing license rescinded.