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Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

On May 8, Fallbrook Hospital (which closed in December) got a spanking from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. —Don Bauder, San Diego Reader, 05/19/15 More »

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Before marching on the state Capitol, CNA nurses rally in the lobby of the California Hospital Association in downtown Sacramento. —Lezlie Sterling, The Sacramento Bee, 05/12/15 More »

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed a rare decision by the National Labor Relations Board ordering an employer to pay a unions' negotiating expenses, saying the board has broad discretion to decide the types of egregious conduct that warrant the unusual remedy. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 05/11/15 More »

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary participated in a three-hour informational picket in front of the hospital Wednesday, claiming that cuts to staffing and supplies have hurt patient care. —Shea Johnson, Victorville Daily Press, 05/07/15 More »

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Thunder Road must remain open. The agency provides a vital and absolutely mandatory service to at-risk youth, ultimately saving lives and costs of incarceration and medical expense incurred by the county and the community. —Michael Wachter, Contra Costa Times, 05/05/15 More »

San Bernardino County Supervisors Approve 2-year Agreement with Nurses Union

San Bernardino County Supervisors Approve 2-year Agreement with Nurses Union

San Bernardino County supervisors this week approved a two-year agreement with the union representing 1,200 registered nurses employed by the county. —Jim Steinberg, The Sun, 04/24/15 More »

Guest commentary: Community just can’t allow Thunder Road to close

Guest commentary: Community just can’t allow Thunder Road to close

For many of our youth, Thunder Road represents a safe haven where they receive wraparound assistance to help them regain control of their lives and successfully reenter their schools and communities. As the only center of its kind in the nine-county Bay Area to serve these young people, it's is a vital resource to our community that cannot be lost. —L. Karen Monroe, Contra Costa Times, 04/23/15 More »

Oakland: Protesters Rally to Keep Youth Rehabilitation Center Open

Oakland: Protesters Rally to Keep Youth Rehabilitation Center Open

About 150 people gathered Monday outside a teen addiction rehabilitation center to protest its possible closure. Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been trying to shed Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers for the past two years, which runs an annual $800,000 deficit. Alameda County is working with Sutter to find a provider to take over the program. —Rebecca Parr, Inside Bay Area News, 04/14/15 More »

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

A drug and alcohol treatment center for young people in Oakland is considered an invaluable resource in the East Bay community. But after 30 years, a facility is now threatened with closure by Sutter Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care corporations in the state. —Dave Padilla, KCBS San Francisco, 04/14/15 More »

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital took action in the face of contract negotiations that have dragged on since last Mayby taking a strike vote Thursday and Friday, and 85% of the nurses who voted supported a strike, according to the nurses union representative. —Sara Cardine, La Canada Valley Sun, 03/28/15 More »

San Bernardino County nurses ratify new pact

San Bernardino County nurses ratify new pact

Registered nurses who work at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and other San Bernardino County health facilities voted by 93 percent to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. —Fontana Herald News, 03/27/15 More »

Alta Bates To Face Fines For Failing To Follow Infectious Disease Protocols

Alta Bates To Face Fines For Failing To Follow Infectious Disease Protocols

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been fined by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health for willfully violating safety protocols that put staff, patients and visitors at high risk of contracting infectious diseases. Ironically, this violation was discovered as Cal/OSHA personnel were investigating the hospital for another safety transgression. —Dianne Depra, Tech Times, 03/27/15 More »

Hard Facts

Hard Facts

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 »

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