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The management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) would have the Pasadena community believe that it is a great hospital and that current efforts by its registered nurses to form a labor union in affiliation with the California Nurses Association (CNA) will lead to ruin. It may be hard for management to admit, but neither claim could be further from the truth. —John Grula, PhD, Pasadena Weekly, 03/25/15 More »

Sutter Health to pay fines for safety violations at Alta Bates

Sutter Health to pay fines for safety violations at Alta Bates

Sutter Health has agreed to pay $71,275 in fines issued by Cal/OSHA after an investigation found safety violations for handling patients with suspected airborne diseases at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. —Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 03/25/15 More »

In her Prime Healthcare decision, Kamala Harris set a standard that should apply to all hospitals

In her Prime Healthcare decision, Kamala Harris set a standard that should apply to all hospitals

Prime Healthcare’s decision to drop its bid to buy six Daughters of Charity hospitals, citing strict conditions set by Attorney General Kamala Harris, should prompt discussion about basic standards for all California hospitals. Harris established a new bar for how all hospitals should operate, and it ought to become the industry yardstick. —RoseAnn DeMoro Op-Ed, Sacramento Bee, 03/22/15 More »

Op-Ed: Transparency, Consistency Needed in Not-For-Profit Rules

Op-Ed: Transparency, Consistency Needed in Not-For-Profit Rules

Once again, California legislators are considering legislation to establish uniformity and transparency for charity care and community benefit programs -- SB 346, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski. Once again, the hospital giants are scrambling to prevent it. —Zenei Cortez, Co-president, California Nurses Association, Published in California Healthline, 03/19/15 More »

Sutter nurses back strike if necessary

Sutter nurses back strike if necessary

Less than five months after the successful launch of Sonoma County’s newest hospital, nurses at the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital say they’re ready to strike over the staffing shortages and changes to their medical benefits. Last week, California Nurses Association, which represents 426 registered nurses at Sutter in Santa Rosa, announced that its nurses had voted overwhelmingly in support of authorizing their negotiating team to call a strike if necessary. —MARTIN ESPINOZA, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, 03/16/15 More »

Editorial: Attorney General Should OK Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

Editorial: Attorney General Should OK Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

The attorney general must decide by Feb. 20 whether to approve the sale of the Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario (San Bernardino County). Harris could block the sale of nonprofit hospitals to a for-profit operator if she determined it would not be “in the public interest.” —San Francisco Chronicle, 02/17/15 More »

Attorney general should OK sale of Daughters of Charity hospitals

Attorney general should OK sale of Daughters of Charity hospitals

State Attorney General Kamala Harris is about to make a decision that could have a profound impact on the availability of emergency health care in six California communities. It is a choice between two imperfect options. One would very likely result in the closure of six nonprofit hospitals. The other would be to allow those six hospitals, operated by the Daughters of Charity Health System of Los Altos Hills, to shift into the hands of a for-profit company known for rescuing failing hospitals through aggressive cost-cutting. —Editorial, SF Chronicle, 02/14/15 More »

Busted! NLRB finds probable cause to believe Huntington Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices

Busted! NLRB finds probable cause to believe Huntington Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices

Well, it’s finally happened. After months of denying that it was engaging in unlawful union busting, the management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) has itself been busted by the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). —John Grula, Pasadena Weekly, 02/12/15 More »

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

They covet office, and the prestige and power it provides. The opportunity to do good while doing well is one of the great privileges of public service. To win that privilege, however, politicians need money. Once elected, they get to make important, consequential decisions, but they must pay tribute to the interests that helped put them there. —Dan Morain, The Sacramento Bee, 02/09/15 More »

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Disgruntled employees from USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on Wednesday marched to the office of the hospital’s chief operating officer, Paul Czajka, where they delivered a community petition bearing as many as 1,300 signatures collected in Glendale, Montrose and La Cañada. —Sara Cardine, Glendale News Press, 02/05/15 More »

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

It's not often that a city council race in a city of 100,000 draws national attention. It happened in Richmond, California, this fall because one big corporation was so shameless in its open attempt to buy the election. —Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, 02/04/15 More »

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

In 2013, medical debt was the largest cause of personal bankruptcy – 1.7 million people lived in households experiencing bankruptcy because of health costs. But the law hasn’t eliminated the problem. Many states haven’t expanded Medicaid and even those with insurance can rack up big bills, a problem exacerbated by the growing number of plans with high deductibles. —Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News, 02/04/15 More »

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

When I was just starting as a nurse, I had a patient that had never touched a cigarette but struggled daily with the simple act of breathing. Her health issues were not because of her ancestors, poor decisions or back luck; it was because she lived near polluting oil refineries. —Heather Albright, RN, Sacramento Bee, 02/03/15 More »

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Dughters of Charity Health System, a Catholic nonprofit that operates six hospitals primarily for poor and elderly Californians, is reaching the last bead on its fiscal rosary. The chain is losing money at an alarming rate and wants to sell itself to Prime Healthcare Services, but prominent Democrats and a powerful union have called on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to block the deal. —The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, 02/02/15 More »

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

ome 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —Mike Hall, AFL-CIO, 01/21/15 More »

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax – a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.” —John Nicholson, The Nation, 01/12/15 More »

Fatal System Error

Fatal System Error

Private nonprofit hospitals, which benefit from huge tax breaks, fail to care for the East Bay's poorest residents — and now one public hospital is on the verge of collapse. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 01/09/15 More »

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

For decades, registered nurses at Daughters of Charity Health System have outlasted wars, pestilence and even earthquakes to fulfill their mission of serving the indigent and the poor in the Bay Area and Southern California. No one alive can recall a time care was not available at the local hospitals. —Sharon Erlich and Donna Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, 01/07/15 More »

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

The state attorney general’s office will hold a series of public hearings this week on the controversial sale of six nonprofit hospitals, including Seton Medical Center in Daly City and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, to a for-profit Southern California company. —Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle , 01/05/15 More »

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

I recently read that 18 members of Congress oppose the sale of Saint Louise Regional Hospital as well as the other Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare, stating basically that it would be bad for the communities, patients and healthcare workers. —George F. Endress III, RN, Morgan Hill Times, 12/30/14 More »

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