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Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

About two-dozen nurses who work at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital held what they called an “informational picket” outside the medical center, Thursday, Dec. 12. The employees say they were protesting hospital management’s unwillingness to bargain in their contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses. —Tracy Press, 12/13/13 More »

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Gary Lemesh shudders to think if Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center were to make more cuts. His aging mother is one of 10 long-term patients in sub-acute care, which, according to register nurse Clarice Spann-Reeve, was inherited by Kaiser Permanente after taking over St. Dominic’s Hospital in 2004. “Gary’s mom has a mind that’s fully functional. Only her body has given out on her,” she said at the ‘Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center’ session hosted by the California Alliance for Retired Americans on Wednesday at the Manteca Transit station. —Manteca Bulletin, 12/12/13 More »

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Ellen Mockridge, a registered nurse at Community Hospital Long Beach for 30 years, said her life was put at risk because there are not enough nurses on staff. Once, Mockridge said she went to check on a patient with AIDS who was in an isolation room. Because there wasn’t another nurse to assist her, Mockridge said she was stuck with a needle and had to take off work for three months. She also had to take medication that she said compromised her immune system and prevented her from taking her arthritis medicine. —Orange County Register, 12/11/13 More »

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and insurance companies nationwide have begun to cut back services. In California, Kaiser nurses recently reported that "over the last year, Kaiser has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured, and is sending patients home when they should still be under hospital care" (National Nurses United, Oct. 2013). —Bohemian.com, 12/11/13 More »

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A Burbank man is among a group of registered nurses departing Monday for the Philippines to provide medical support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports as families are busy with December holiday preparations, Paolo Montenegro and others are going to serve others in need thousands of miles away. —CBS Los Angeles, 12/09/13 More »

Bungling the Easy Stuff

Bungling the Easy Stuff

One of the patients featured in the TIME cover story I wrote last March--"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"--was Emilia Gilbert, a school-bus driver. Gilbert was 61 years old in 2008 when she slipped and fell one evening in her backyard in Fairfield, Conn. She was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital, where she was treated for some cuts and a broken nose. She left a few hours later with a bill for $9,418, which included $6,538 for CT scans and $239 for a routine blood test. The charges, I found, were based on something called the hospital chargemaster--a list of hugely inflated prices that no one could explain or defend. —Time, 12/05/13 More »

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Registered Nurses at Fallbrook Hospital held a protest Tuesday to speak out about patient concerns and other hospital issues. Watch the video report. —NBC San Diego, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital staged a one-day strike from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today to protest ongoing patient care concerns and rights of registered nurses, as part of a National Day of Action by Community Health Systems RNs. Nurses were protesting the hospital’s ongoing refusal to address the nurses’ concerns over patient safety, inadequate staffing and substandard wages, according to Charles Idelson, communications director for National Nurses Unified. —San Bernardino Sun, 12/04/13 More »

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

WATSONVILLE -- Scores of nurses demonstrated in front of Watsonville Community Hospital on Thursday, protesting what they say is the hospital's practice of employing so few nurses and medical assistants that patients are receiving substandard care. The 275 or so nurses have been negotiating a new contract since February and without a contract since October, said Lisa Harlow, a negotiator with the California Nurses Association. —Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/04/13 More »

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. —The New York Times, 12/03/13 More »

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

The only time that Joselito Tirona can reach his wife in the Philippines is about 3 a.m. Sacramento time – early in the evening in Roxas City, where Lyn Tirona, a 37-year-old registered nurse who works at Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center, is currently deployed as part of a volunteer medical mission helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan. —The Sacramento Bee, 12/02/13 More »

Seniors and nurses oppose service cuts at Kaiser hospital in Manteca

Seniors and nurses oppose service cuts at Kaiser hospital in Manteca

MANTECA — Kaiser Permanente’s actions to consolidate more services at its north Modesto hospital are not sitting well with seniors and other residents in Manteca. Retirees at the Woodbridge by Del Webb community in northwest Manteca have joined with unionized nurses to protest the disappearing services at Kaiser’s Manteca hospital on West Yosemite Avenue. Kaiser closed almost 20 patient rooms on the hospital’s third floor. And cuts to emergency ultrasound, gastroenterology and other diagnostic services are diverting patients from Manteca to Modesto, said Amy Glass, an intensive care nurse at Kaiser’s north Modesto hospital. —The Modesto Bee, 11/21/13 More »

UC Reaches Tentative Labor Contract with Nurses

UC Reaches Tentative Labor Contract with Nurses

SAN DIEGO - Unions representing registered nurses at the University of California, which operates a dozen hospitals, including in San Diego, lauded a tentative four-year labor pact that ended contentious contract negotiations. Around 11,700 nurses at UC hospitals, including UCSD Medical Center, will receive pay raises of 16 percent over four years, according to a statement from the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. —City News Service/San Diego 6, 11/19/13 More »

Kaiser closes in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward

Kaiser closes in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) -- An East Bay pediatric hospital unit that that treats young patients overnight is now closed. Families accustomed to visiting the hospital in Hayward on Hesperian Boulevard will now have to go elsewhere. Kaiser's in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward closed at midnight, which means children who live near here who need to be hospitalized must now go to Oakland. —ABC 7 Bay Area, 11/18/13 More »

Protesters decry cuts at Kaiser hospital

Protesters decry cuts at Kaiser hospital

MANTECA - Kaiser Permanente members, patients and nurses marched along a portion of the main east/west boulevard of the county's fastest growing city Friday to bring attention to cutbacks in services at Kaiser's Manteca hospital they say are causing safety issues and delaying patient care by transferring them to Kaiser's Modesto hospital. About three dozen protesters, many of them older Manteca residents who live in the city's Woodbridge by Del Webb adult community, joined the midday march down West Yosemite Avenue. The protesters have been letting Kaiser administrators know for several weeks about their concerns over the changes at the small hospital that they say began in January. More »

Nurses, patients march to protest Kaiser cuts

Nurses, patients march to protest Kaiser cuts

Some 60 nurses, Kaiser patients and community supporters used foot power along with a couple in wheelchairs Friday to protest service cuts at the Manteca medical facility. Ten of the protesters were registered nurses, including Zenei Triunfo-Cortez who is one of four presidents representing the California Nurses Association. The walkers, who marched on the north side of West Yosemite Avenue from North Union Road to the Kaiser Hospital on St. Dominic’s Drive, carried signs that read, “Some cuts don’t heal,” and the names of hospital services that have been cut back – endoscopy tests, orthopedic surgery, sub-acute rehab, among others – written on the image of a Band-Aid. Triunfo-Cortez said the nurses were there simply to support Kaiser patients and concerned members of the community in their effort to stop the hospital from closing some its units and moving some of its services to Modesto and Stockton. —Manteca Bulletin, 11/18/13 More »

Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

For months, nurses and patients at Kaiser Manteca have voiced concerns after seeing services and the entire third floor eliminated. Wednesday night, they took those concerns to the streets hosting a vigil for patients and nurses. Dorothy Aubrey, a nearly 50 year Kaiser member, says those changes are already affecting her and loved ones. —Fox 40, 11/07/13 More »

“Mercy Killers” - Play explores U.S. healthcare

“Mercy Killers” - Play explores U.S. healthcare

Broadway actor Michael Milligan's performance of his one-man play, "Mercy Killers" is sponsored by a group advocating a single-payer health care system in the United States, and his writing of the show was prompted by a case of kidney stones that came when he was uninsured. —RecordNet.com, 11/07/13 More »

CNA RNs Oppose Valerero Oil Company’s Plans to Process 60K Barrels of Tar Sands Crude in Southern CA

CNA RNs Oppose Valerero Oil Company’s Plans to Process 60K Barrels of Tar Sands Crude in Southern CA

CNA RNs spoke out at a South Coast Air Quality Management District meeting today to oppose the Valero oil company's plans to process 60,000 barrels of tar sands crude in Wilmington, CA. CNA member, Janet Phun, RN, ICU, St. Mary Medical Center testified on the impact on her patients, family and community where thousands of nurses, fellow healthcare workers and patients live within a few miles from the refineries. —California Nurses Association, 11/01/13 More »

Parents, nurses discuss Kaiser Hayward pediatric ward closing

Parents, nurses discuss Kaiser Hayward pediatric ward closing

Kaiser has been planning to shut down this hospital and move to a brand new one in San Leandro next summer. During a town hall meeting, nurses raised concerns to parents after learning that pediatrics will be shut down there in a month. "We thought that we would be dealing with this about a year down the road, it would give us time to alert the public of the dangers," said nurse Robert Marth. For some parents the news is a shock. —KGO-TV, 10/28/13 More »

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