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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 »

Unions Argue Shuttering San Pablo Hospital Amounts to Discrimination, File Civil Rights Complaint

Unions Argue Shuttering San Pablo Hospital Amounts to Discrimination, File Civil Rights Complaint

When a parcel tax meant to fund Doctors Medical Center failed earlier this month, it was clear something drastic would be needed to save the hospital from closure. Contra Costa County officials say they don't have the millions it would take. Now two unions representing nurses and other health care workers are arguing that shutting down the hospital amounts to discrimination. Saying African-American and senior citizens would disproportionately suffer, they've filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. —KGO 810, 05/22/14 More »

Petition filed to hold union vote among nurses at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto

Petition filed to hold union vote among nurses at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto

Nurses are asking the National Labor Relations Board to schedule a vote on union membership at Memorial Medical Center. After a contentious organizing effort, a petition for an election at the Modesto hospital was filed with NLRB on Friday. An estimated 850 registered nurses are eligible to vote on whether to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. No election date has been set but the vote could take place in about six weeks, unless the petition is challenged by the hospital’s leadership. —The Modesto Bee, 05/19/14 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 »

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 »

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 »

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