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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 »

Third of Americans skip healthcare due to cost

Third of Americans skip healthcare due to cost

An international survey of 11 developed countries, American adults are the most likely to forego treatment due to the cost, struggle to pay bills, and spend the most out-of-pocket on treatment. The results revealed that in 2013 37% of U.S. adults either didn’t see a doctor, didn’t seek the recommended treatment, or failed to fill a prescription because of prohibitive costs. This compares with only 4% of respondents in the UK and 6% in Sweden. —ExpatHealth.org, 11/14/13 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 »

Nurses file complaint against Orlando Health

Nurses file complaint against Orlando Health

ORLANDO, Fla. — A group of Orlando Health employees has been working to form a union since the hospital system announced they'd be cutting shift differential pay. Eyewitness News obtained paperwork just filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Channel 9's Karla Ray first exposed an internal memo that suggested managers wanted security employees to watch for union activity. The complaints fall in line with the email. —WFTV, 11/06/13 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 »

Global Nurses United News Round-up

Global Nurses United News Round-up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 11/01/13 More »

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street. The bill, named the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" aka the "Robin Hood Tax" was introduced by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and now has 17 cosponsors—all Democrats, who hold 191 seats in the House of Representatives. —Real News Network, 11/01/13 More »

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

We simply don't have good evidence that vaccination of health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission to patients — Prof. Nick Kelley, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Minnesota. Mandatory flu shots or wearing a mask will be required not only for hospital and care-home staff in B.C. but visitors as well when flu season starts. And that’s just wrong. —Bill Tieleman, 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 »

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

The idea is known as a financial transaction tax. It would amount to fractions of a penny on the dollar value of every stock, bond and derivatives trade -- perhaps 5 cents per $100. But estimates of its potential return run as high as $700 billion a year. That would bump up current federal revenues by about 24%. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Kaiser Permanente in California has sent health insurance cancellation notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees. They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California. —NBC News, 10/24/13 More »

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

HAYWARD -- KAISER PERMANENTE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY IT WILL CLOSE ITS PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL UNIT ON NOV. 17 AND SHIFT YOUNG PATIENTS TO OAKLAND. Although Kaiser Permanente says those patients will get better care in Oakland, the move is opposed by nurses, who say it will create a hardship for parents. —Inside Bay Area, 10/23/13 More »

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

Missouri--A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against BJC HealthCare on behalf of a nurse who accuses the nonprofit health system of improperly calculating employees’ overtime hours and meal breaks. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/23/13 More »

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

SAN LEANDRO -- Ownership of beleaguered San Leandro Hospital transfers to Alameda Health System at the end of the month, the latest development in a lengthy fight by local officials to keep the struggling hospital open. "I'm really excited, because the emergency room and other acute-care services will remain open," said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who brokered the deal between Alameda Health System, an independent operator of county health facilities, and Sutter Health, which owns the 93-bed hospital. "We've been working on this for a long, long time." —The Daily Review, 10/18/13 More »

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

They came with a petition of more than 400 signatures to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Kaiser Manteca hospital nurses and those covered by Kaiser continued their efforts Wednesday to bring back services cut earlier this year. The group led by the California Nurses Association – support also came from folks attending a weekend community forum, including many seniors from Woodbridge-Del Webb – requested that Kaiser re-open the 17-bed third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/17/13 More »

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

The California Nurses Association, which is on a contract roll recently, has won the first contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital under new owner Alameda Health System. The San Leandro acute-care facility, the subject of years of debate and conflict, has been part of Sutter Health for a number of years, but shifts to Alameda Health System's growing network at month-end. —San Francisco Business Times, 10/16/13 More »

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