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Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

As registered nurses who have worked at Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, for 48 years we feel a deep commitment to the health and well-being of our patients and community. That's why DMC registered nurses have joined with other medical professionals and West County residents to insist that DMC remain open as a full-service acute care hospital. Nothing less than the health and safety of tens of thousands of our neighbors is at stake. —Adrian Boyance-Reid and Carol De Young, Contra Costa Times, 09/08/14 More »

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

As dedicated Queen of the Valley Hospital direct-care RNs who work the floors every day caring for our patients the best we can, we are compelled to write a response to the commentary written by Marc Levin, a member of Queen of the Valley Hospital’s administration team. —Christina Capitelli and Benjamin Mineau, Napa Valley Register, 09/08/14 More »

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - More than 200 nurses in Watsonville began a three-day strike Thursday. It's part of a contract dispute with hospital management over safer working conditions and more staff. —Baha Eldin, KION, 08/15/14 More »

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Hospital advocates say reducing services to the medical center’s patients, many of whom are poor and uninsured, is a violation of civil rights. On Tuesday, health care providers and community members filed a federal lawsuit to stop the downsizing and potential closure. —Alexandra Garreton, Jon Brooks, and Bay City News via KQED - The California Report, 08/14/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Nurses, doctors, patients and community members sued in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop the possible closure or downsizing of West Contra Costa's only public hospital, which is deep in the red. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop ambulance diversions from Doctors Medical Center but set an Aug. 27 court date to hear the case. —Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 08/13/14 More »

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital have announced a three-day strike beginning 7 a.m. Thursday and ending 6:59 a.m. Sunday. The nurses are represented by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which says the hospital management is demanding "sharp reductions" in health coverage and not responding to concerns about staffing and safe practices for lifting patients. —Jondi Gumz, San Jose Mercury News, 08/13/14 More »

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

Closing the hospital, or significantly cutting its services, will lead to a public health crisis that disproportionately hurts low-income residents, people of color, and senior citizens, according to nurses, doctors, labor groups, and community leaders, who are all pushing for a solution to save DMC. "How can you condemn 250,000 people?" said Laurel Hodgson, a DMC emergency room physician and the hospital's former chief of staff. "We are desperate." —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 08/06/14 More »

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

SACRAMENTO - State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the cost of health care premiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes for more authority to regulate increases. The report released by Jones, a Democrat, says California's four largest insurers raised premiums from 22 percent to 88 percent, depending on factors such as age and location. —Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press, as posted in the Fresno Bee, 07/29/14 More »

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 »

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