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Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

THOUGH the recent release of Medicare’s physician payments cast a spotlight on the millions of dollars paid to some specialists, there is a startling secret behind America’s health care hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry’s work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack. —New York Times, 05/17/14 More »

What a strong union can do for your nurses — and you

What a strong union can do for your nurses — and you

A world without nurses would be a dismal place indeed. Nurses do many things for us, not the least of which is to care greatly for the health and well being of humankind. Nursing is a job, but it is so much more. It is a calling that is deeply rooted in the soul of a good and caring nurse. I have been a nurse and answered this calling for the last 37 years. I work in an ICU in an acute care hospital, and have seen many changes impacting my chosen profession over these past years. Some of these change have been for the better. Recently, many of these changes have been detrimental to my profession and the care I am able to provide my patients. —Times-Standard-OPINION, 05/16/14 More »

Hayward: St. Rose Hospital, nurses agree on contract

Hayward: St. Rose Hospital, nurses agree on contract

St. Rose Hospital has reached a contract agreement with its 300 registered nurses. The pact gives nurses a 4 percent raise over two years and ties pay increases to seniority. It also includes a workplace violence prevention program. —Mercury News, 05/15/14 More »

Fil-Am nurses join demand for increased staffing in DC hospitals

Fil-Am nurses join demand for increased staffing in DC hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC — Maria Ronquillo usually sleeps during the day after working a 12-hour night shift at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the District of Columbia. But on May 12, the 54-year-old registered nurse decided to join other DC nurses and community allies for a morning rally in front of City Hall. —Inquirer.net, 05/15/14 More »

Closure of DMC would be grim

Closure of DMC would be grim

As a registered nurse who has worked for many years at Doctors Medical Center San Pablo, I'm intimately familiar with the critical need for a fully operational hospital in West Contra Costa County and the disastrous public health crisis its closure will create. As it is, West County, one of the most illness-prone regions in Northern California, doesn't have enough emergency capacity for its current population. DMC has 79 percent of the hospital beds and 60 percent of the emergency care in the region. —Contra Costa Times - Letter to the Editor, 05/14/14 More »

Nurses Union Lobbies Against Nonprofit Hospital Exemption

Nurses Union Lobbies Against Nonprofit Hospital Exemption

Hundreds of registered nurses lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento Monday on a package of nursing-friendly bills. The major legislative offensive from The California Nurses' Association included opposition to the income tax-exempt status of non-profit hospitals. —The California Report, 05/14/14 More »

Tax failure bodes ill for San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center

Tax failure bodes ill for San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center

Doctors Medical Center, a 189-bed facility that's served West Contra Costa families since the 1950s, is almost certain to close in July after a $20 million, last-ditch parcel tax failed Tuesday night. The tax would have helped the hospital pay off its $18 million deficit and achieve some financial stability, as it continues to serve about 80,000 uninsured and underinsured patients annually. The only other hospital in the region is Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, which has a 15-bed emergency room - far too small to accommodate the 250,000 residents of El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules, Rodeo and Crockett. —SF Gate/SF Chronicle, 05/08/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center Faces Possible Closure

Doctors Medical Center Faces Possible Closure

Watch the latest KTVU news coverage of the possible closure of Doctors Medical Center. —KTVU.com, 05/07/14 More »

San Pablo Hospital That Serves Thousands Likely To Close After Parcel Tax Fails

San Pablo Hospital That Serves Thousands Likely To Close After Parcel Tax Fails

A hospital that serves tens of thousands of people every year in the East Bay will likely close. Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo is set to close on the first of July after a parcel tax failed. 45,000 patients, most from Richmond, San Pablo and Martinez will be permanently displaced by the closure. “This hospital has been able to pull a rabbit out of a hat many times. It looks like we may have no more rabbits to pull out of a hat,” Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said. —CBS Bay Area, 05/07/14 More »

The Most Popular Tax in History Has Momentum

The Most Popular Tax in History Has Momentum

The European Financial Transaction (a.k.a. Robin Hood) tax scored a big legal victory on April 30, when a challenge regarding the legality of the tax brought by the British government was thrown out by the European Court of Justice. The ECJ has struck a serious blow for fairness, as the dismissal essentially chastises the British government for championing the interests of the UK’s financial industry over those of its citizens. —Katrina vanden Heuvel for The Nation, 05/05/14 More »

400 nurses protest conditions, safety at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton

400 nurses protest conditions, safety at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton

COLTON >> More than 400 registered nurses picketed Thursday in front of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. “The primary issues are patient care and nursing safety,” said Jed Smith, a labor representative with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. But San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said the only proposals the county has received from the nurses involved pay raises by as much as 36 percent over three years for some categories of nurses. —The Sun, 05/02/14 More »

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Community Health Systems is converting a Pennsylvania hospital to a walk-in clinic, the second such announcement in a week for the Franklin-based company. Mid-Valley Hospital, in Peckville, Penn., will stop offering inpatient and emergency department services in July, according to a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Earlier this week, The Tennessean reported that Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville would also end inpatient emergency services effective July 31. —Nashville Buisiness Journal, 05/02/14 More »

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 29, 2014--With beach towels as props and a brown “fat cat” mascot wearing a top hat and monocle on hand for effect, nurses and other advocates in favor of a ballot initiative requiring greater hospital financial transparency said they won’t be deterred if the Legislature declines to act first on their petition. “We’re always hopeful, but if we can’t settle this here we’ll let the people of the Commonwealth settle it,” said Karen Higgins, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center and past president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. —Massachusetts Nurses Association News, 04/30/14 More »

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

June 3 ballot measure saves Barrio Logan’s community plan, improves community health. Yesterday at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, a group of doctors, nurses and healthcare advocates announced their endorsement of the Yes on B & C campaign to protect children’s health in San Diego. California Nurses Association members were there to support Yes on B & C that, if approved, will uphold the community and business supported, City Council approved Barrio Logan Community Plan Update. —San Diego Free Press, 04/28/14 More »

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

State lawmakers are working on a bill to make hospitals safer in an effort that some are calling a waste of time and money. Nurses concerned for their safety spoke out at the state Capitol in support of a state Senate bill that would require the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to improve security standards and safety training. “That’s not being done right now, and that’s why we’re here,” said nurse Salonje McKinley. Those standards and training would help prevent workplace violence toward nurses, staff and patients. —CBS 13 Sacramento, 04/25/14 More »

California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

Just last weekend, a patient at a Los Angeles hospital stabbed a nurse with a pencil. The same day, another nurse at another L.A. hospital was attacked with a knife. Nurses across the state are calling for greater protections from violent patients. Lawmakers will vote on a bill Thursday that would require hospitals to do more to prevent violence at their facilities. —The California Report, 04/24/14 More »

Hospital safety under scrutiny after two nurses wounded in stabbings

Hospital safety under scrutiny after two nurses wounded in stabbings

Two nurses wounded in two separate attacks at two different Los Angeles County medical centers continued to recover Monday, but their injuries further illustrate the need to improve hospital workplace safety, an association said. “We can not stand by while nurses, other hospital staff, patients, families, and visitors are put in harms way in hospitals that fail to provide the measures that will protect their staff and the community,” said Malinda Markowitz, co-president of the California Nurses Association. “It is time for the Legislature to act.” —By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News, 04/22/14 More »

When health insurers play games, patients lose

When health insurers play games, patients lose

Dr. Theodore Corwin jumps through numerous hoops to get UnitedHealthcare to pay for a patient's breast reduction — only to finally be told the surgery wasn't covered by her policy. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. More »

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a judge’s ruling that found that management of Fallbrook Hospital did not negotiate in good faith with a union representing registered nurses, and has also ordered the hospital to reimburse the union for its expenses. —Riverside Press Enterprise, 04/16/14 More »

National Health Groups Join Call for Comprehensive Health Study on Keystone Pipeline

National Health Groups Join Call for Comprehensive Health Study on Keystone Pipeline

Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), announced today during a press conference call that two national public health groups, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, sent a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, joining the request for the Obama administration to complete a comprehensive human health study on the Keystone pipeline. —U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 04/11/14 More »

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