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Join RNs To Rally And March

Join RNs To Rally And March

Contra Costa County must recognize basic human and civil rights of the people of West Contra Costa County, and accept responsibility for hospital care in West Contra Costa County by integrating Doctors Medical Center San Pablo into Contra Costa Health Services. —National Nurses United, 07/21/14 More »

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

The California Nurses Association is gearing up for what could be contentious contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente. The existing contract expires Aug. 31. It covers 17,000 registered nurses across Northern California, including 3,500 in the Sacramento region. Face-to-face talks begin July 24 and union officials are willing to call a strike if Kaiser proposes cuts considered harmful to nurses or patients. —Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/14 More »

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

What Kaiser is doing to Manteca is indicative of its very lucrative business model: Expand membership while consolidating and reducing services, says Amy Glass, RN in Manteca CA. My colleagues and I who work for Kaiser throughout the region have observed how management manipulates the “census” by denying admissions. They then use the low census to justify cutting services. Voila, less care, more profit! —Amy Glass, Manteca Bulletin, 07/01/14 More »

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

The California Nurses Association has endorsed an important patient and consumer protection measure that will be on the ballot this fall. It’s a measure to rein in the spiraling rates and premiums charged by the health insurance industry by requiring them to justify their price hikes. This Wednesday legislators, that spent the past decade opposing rate regulation legislation, will hold a hearing in Sacramento to discredit the ballot measure. CNA members will be there to rally and participate in the hearing to let them know why the measure is needed. —Deborah Burger, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). —AFL-CIO Blog, 06/27/14 More »

Santa Clara County still interested in DCHS  hospitals

Santa Clara County still interested in DCHS hospitals

The county still wants to buy Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, but the Daughters of Charity—owner of six medical care facilities throughout the state—is courting prospective buyers interested in acquiring the entire nonprofit health system, according to Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman. —Morgan Hill Times, 06/26/14 More »

Nurses hold Modesto rally for union membership

Nurses hold Modesto rally for union membership

More than 125 nurses held a pro-union rally outside Memorial Medical Center in Modesto on Tuesday. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said about 900 registered nurses at Memorial are eligible to vote on union membership in an election set for Thursday and Friday. Employees with other unionized hospitals, including Kaiser Modesto Medical Center, participated in the rally outside the hospital at Coffee Road and Briggsmore Avenue. —The Modesto Bee, 06/25/14 More »

RNs: Yes vote for CNA means support for providing quality patient care

RNs: Yes vote for CNA means support for providing quality patient care

Two RNs explain why they strongly support voting yes for CNA. An emergency room RN at MMC shares, "I became a nurse to provide quality care to those in need. I love my patients and care for them as if they are my family members. I’m voting yes because my ultimate goal is to do just that.” A long-term MMC ICU RN shares, "My current experience is that CNA doesn’t force me to do anything; they force the employer to obey the law and protect patients." —Modesto Bee, 06/25/14 More »

Nurses in Gilroy host vigil as St. Louise’s goes up for sale

Nurses in Gilroy host vigil as St. Louise’s goes up for sale

Nurses from St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy held a vigil Thursday in light of the news that the hospital's current owner is selling the non-profit hospital. They say the hospital's current owner --- a Catholic organization called Daughters of Charity -- is a nonprofit organization and the nurses fear that whatever for-profit company purchases St. Louise won't share the same vision. Currently, St. Louise serves a largely uninsured and low-income population. —Cassandra Arsenault, KION 5, 06/23/14 More »

AB 503 is good for communities

AB 503 is good for communities

Re "California nurses association plays hardball" (Viewpoints, June 17): Bruce Maiman seems to have let his dislike of the California Nurses Association cloud his understanding of an important bill with broad support, AB 503. Multibillion dollar hospital chains get huge tax breaks by incorporating as not-for-profits, operating to benefit the community. Last year, The Greenlining Institute conducted a study and found that sketchy reporting requirements leave us largely in the dark about the community benefit activities that are supposed to earn that tax break. —Carla Saporta in the Sacramento Bee, 06/20/14 More »

PRO: A nurses union for Memorial RNs benefits everyone

PRO: A nurses union for Memorial RNs benefits everyone

We moved to Modesto about 20 years ago to raise our families and soon after began our nursing careers at Memorial, working on the floor then with critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. For most of that time Memorial has been a great place to work. For a large regional medical center, we still felt like a community hospital with neighbors caring for neighbors. Our hospital changed dramatically when we were bought by the large health care chain, Sutter Health. Over the last few years, we have been asked to do more with less. —By Sharon Waite and Melanie Thompson in the Modesto Bee, 06/20/14 More »

Another View: Hospitals should give back in return for tax breaks

Another View: Hospitals should give back in return for tax breaks

Assembly Bill 503 pending before the Legislature would amend California nonprofit hospitals’ reporting rules, required due to their exemption from corporate income taxes.The California Nurses Association is a proud co-sponsor of that bill and was surprised by Bruce Maiman’s criticism of our role promoting it, (“ State nurses group plays hardball,” Viewpoints, June 17). The accusation that the nurses association distorted the dialogue could not be further from the truth and is more appropriate for Maiman’s former work as a radio talk show host than the more measured, well-informed opinions readers expect to see on the Op-Ed pages of The Sacramento Bee. —By Deborah Burger, RN, Malinda Markowitz, RN, and Zenei Cortez, RN in the Sacramento Bee, 06/20/14 More »

Contra Costa County: Sups. approve $6 million bridge financing for Doctors Medical Center San Pablo

Contra Costa County: Sups. approve $6 million bridge financing for Doctors Medical Center San Pablo

Contra Costa County will direct $6 million to keep cash-strapped Doctors Medical Center afloat for the next few months and give officials time to ponder what to do next. The $6 million property tax transfer approved by the board of supervisors Tuesday represents a third of the San Pablo-based hospital's annual $18 million deficit. The money will allow it to continue to operate while officials scramble to come up with a permanent rescue formula for a downsized facility. —Tom Lochner, Contra Costa Times, 06/17/14 More »

Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

Every year Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center releases a glossy brochure called Report to the Community. Among the doctor profiles and research-breakthrough stories are several dry metrics dealing with the number of beds, total patient and outpatient days and, perhaps most impressively, the year’s dollar value for something called “community benefit contributions.” Cedars, which is the state’s third highest-earning nonprofit hospital, claimed $640.3 million as its 2012 community benefit contribution. —By Bill Raden and Gary Cohn for Capital & Main, 06/16/14 More »

California Bill Would Let Patients See Out-Of-Network Providers

California Bill Would Let Patients See Out-Of-Network Providers

Health insurance plans have networks of doctors and hospitals that policyholders must use. If a patient wants to see an out-of-network provider, they face higher out-of-pocket costs. But a pending bill in the California Senate would require insurers to offer timely access to care. If that wasn’t possible, patients could see a non-network provider without having to pay more. —Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, 06/06/14 More »

Manteca to Kaiser: Restore hospital services

Manteca to Kaiser: Restore hospital services

Manteca’s elected leaders want Kaiser to restore services to the healthcare firm’s Manteca hospital. The resolution adopted by the City Council Tuesday calls for Kaiser Permanente to immediately bring back the following services to the Manteca Kaiser Medical Center on West Yosemite Avenue: • cardiology/echocardiograms so patients needing them will not be transferred to Modesto. • making ultrasound services available 24 hours. • reopen the medical surgical unit. • restoring a full function sub-acute surgical unit. —Dennis Wyatt. Manteca Bulletin, 06/04/14 More »

Pinoy nurses fight closure of Daly City critical care unit

Pinoy nurses fight closure of Daly City critical care unit

Nurses and other hospital workers of the Seton Medical Center staged a vigil last week to protest the proposed closure of the emergency care services and critical care unit. “These nurses behind me, we are all nurses, and we want to keep the hospital open and to be of service to the community. There are a lot of senior citizens in the area especially Filipino people. This is 90 percent Filipino community so they should advocate that Seton will be an acute hospital," said Tessie Cachola, a run staff nurse at Seton for 30 years said. The Daughters of Charity Health System, which owns Seton, reportedly can longer afford to fund the services. —Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, 06/02/14 More »

Nurses ask for public’s help keeping San Pablo hospital open

Nurses ask for public’s help keeping San Pablo hospital open

The California Nurses Association is calling on Contra Costa County residents to demand county leaders save Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo from certain closure. The hospital is set to close in July after years of financial struggles and the failure of West Contra Costa County voters to pass a parcel tax that might have kept the facility open. —By Noelle Walker, KTVU.com , 05/30/14 More »

Ryan O’Connell and Neil Berman, On the Job: Bill would benefit at-risk health care workers

Ryan O’Connell and Neil Berman, On the Job: Bill would benefit at-risk health care workers

The California Nurses Association and the vast number of health care workers in California are in support of Assembly Bill 2616 introduced by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner earlier this year. If passed into law, AB 2616 would establish a rebuttable presumption in the workers' compensation system for acute care hospital employees, providing direct patient care, who contract a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infection. Existing law provides that an injury sustained by an employee, arising out of the course and scope of their employment, is compensable under the workers' compensation system. However, what constitutes an injury arising out of the course and scope of employment is often the source of litigation. —Monterey Herald, 05/23/14 More »

Whistle-blowing nurse sues Rideout

Whistle-blowing nurse sues Rideout

A Rideout Memorial Hospital whistle-blower who tipped off the state about nurse-patient staffing violations is suing for wrongful termination and alleging she was battered by her boss. Rachel Mendoza alleged in her suit "she was not a helpless nurse under the control of heartless administrators, managers and supervisors because the state of California took violations of safety and health care seriously and would stand up for her rights to demand safe working conditions and proper care and treatment of patients under her care." —Appeal Democrat, 05/22/14 More »

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