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Action Stirs In Face Of Wildfire Losses

Brian Merrel, a machinist at Metric Machine in Ontario, got an anxious call at work Oct. 22 from his wife, Amanda. "You'd better get home now. It's right behind us." —The Business Press, 11/05/07 More »

Nurses tell of tattered health system - Access to care is still inadequate, they say

Six local nurses said Monday that mental distress is omnipresent in New Orleans these days as residents feel helpless to secure rebuilding grants, find doctors and schools and otherwise navigate life in a fragile city. —Times Picayune, 05/08/07 More »

Reflections of a Katrina nurse

Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster. What we did to the residents of the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina was a man-made disaster. —The Courier-Journal, 03/30/07 More »

Nurses network to prevent future disasters like Hurricane Katrina

Some 300 nurses in the Washington area have joined a national network of nurses willing to deploy to the sites of natural disasters wherever they occur. —Washington Examiner, 03/22/07 More »

Free health clinic opening to help Lower 9 come back - Volunteers, donors make service possible

Eighteen months after the levee failures and Hurricane Katrina shattered the Lower 9th Ward, residents this week welcomed the opening of a free health clinic on St. Claude Avenue. —Times Picayune, 03/02/07 More »

Nursing group ready to send volunteers to scenes of disaster

Doug Smith, a registered nurse at Swedish Hospital, remembers getting annoyed as he watched the official response to Hurricane Katrina. —Rocky Mountain News, 02/08/07 More »

Nurses take next step with national disaster organization

HOUSTON - Nurse Bonnie Castillo remembers hearing from officials that the medical situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck was "fine" - volunteers weren't needed. —Star-Telegram, 01/22/07 More »

Nurses prepare disaster response - CNA builds fund for RN network

The California Nurses Association found a new use last year for its ability to organize nurses quickly. It sent more than 300 nurses to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. —East Bay Business Journal, 09/01/06 More »

Emotional connections: Nurses find mission to Gulf changed their lives

After two weeks of treating desperate and scared families who survived thrashing flood waters and vicious winds with only their lives, the emotional connection to work became — and remains — unavoidable. —Vallejo Times Herald, 08/28/06 More »

Feeling empty and quiet on San Pablo hospital’s last full day

Feeling empty and quiet on San Pablo hospital’s last full day

On Tuesday, the financially strapped medical center, the only public hospital that serves the 250,000 residents between Berkeley and Vallejo, will close its doors after 60 years of providing care. The closure leaves many people in West Contra Costa County struggling to find new doctors and hospitals and hoping not to need emergency services. —Victoria Colliver, More »

Gilroy Council Backs Hospital Daughters of Charity Sale

Gilroy Council Backs Hospital Daughters of Charity Sale

The Gilroy City Council this week joined a growing list of voices in support of the $843 million sale of Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, De Paul Medical Center in Morgan Hill and four others to Prime Healthcare, putting the city squarely in the middle of one of the region’s hottest issues. —Chris Foy, The Gilroy Dispatch More »

U of C: No deal with nurses by Friday; union eyes strike vote

U of C: No deal with nurses by Friday; union eyes strike vote

University of Chicago Medicine on Wednesday evening said it will not reach a new labor agreement with its nurses by Friday, when its current contract expires. —Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune More »

Forum to Discuss Plans to Close Kaiser Pediatric Unit

Forum to Discuss Plans to Close Kaiser Pediatric Unit

The community forum will be held at 6 p.m. at the Eden Mansion at 2451 W. Tennyson Road in Hayward. A community forum will be held tonight to discuss plans by Kaiser Permanente to close its pediatric unit in Hayward next month. The California Nurses Association, which opposes Kaiser's planned Nov. 17 closure, says the unit serves more than 1,000 families a year and more than 100,000 children in the Hayward area who receive health care from Kaiser. —San Leandro Patch More »

San Mateo Medical Center nurses complain of worsening care

SAN MATEO -- Nurses at San Mateo County's public hospital complained Thursday that budget cuts are taking a toll on the quality of care at the facility and leaving them ill-prepared for the infusion of new patients expected under federal health care reform. —San Jose Mercury News More »

Whitman Attacks on Nurses Part of Larger Strategy

The nurses started the fight even before Whitman won the Republican gubernatorial nomination on June 8, launching an actress dressed as ''Queen Meg'' who trails Whitman at campaign events and private fundraisers. ''I was surprised that they just came out, right out of the box, attacking me,'' Whitman said during a recent campaign stop in Roseville, a Sacramento surburb. ''And I said you know what, I am going to reach out to these nurses to make sure that all nurses know my position, and then they can make an informed decision.'' More »

New nurses union sets aggressive agenda

Over the years, Jean Ross had become increasingly disenchanted with the national union that represents nurses. She felt the American Nurses Association (ANA) had drifted away from the daily concerns of bedside nurses. She suspected it had become more interested in promoting nurses into management positions. More »

Nurses protest Whitman in California governor campaign

After spending more than $80 million and building a major lead in public opinion polls, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman may finally have met her match Tuesday in the parking lot of the Asian Garden Mall. The billionaire candidate was delivering her stump speech to about 150 people at an open-air rally when about 50 protesters from the California Nurses Association and its schoolteacher allies interrupted by chanting and blowing whistles just a few dozen yards away. More »

12,000 California RNs to Strike June 10 - Update: Rallies Scheduled from Sacramento to San Diego

More than 12,000 California registered nurses remain scheduled to strike for 24 hours next Thursday, most of them at University of California hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Sutter, Town Square Off in Legal Battle

A battle is raging over a small Bay Area hospital, pitting not-for-profit medical powerhouse Sutter Health against a small community. Sutter plans to close San Leandro Hospital, which serves the small community south of Oakland and its large portion of Medicare patients. The company says it can't justify subsidizing the facility which it says loses money each year while rebuilding its larger sister hospital, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, to comply with seismic requirements. More »

Health district looks to block closure of San Leandro Hospital

The Eden Township Healthcare District has filed a countersuit in Superior Court in a bid to invalidate Sutter Health's attempt to close San Leandro Hospital's emergency room. The countersuit, submitted Wednesday morning, states that a 2008 memorandum of understanding that allows Sutter to sell San Leandro Hospital is invalid because three directors on the board at the time had conflicts of interest because of incomes derived from Eden Medical Center. The directors were identified as Dr. Rajendra Ratnesar, Dr. Francisco Rico and George Bicshalaney. More »

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