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Local Leaders Trumpet Plan to Merge St. Rose and San Leandro Hospitals

A nearly three-year-old campaign to preserve San Leandro Hospital's emergency room was re-energized Tuesday night when local leaders publicly unveiled a plan to merge its administration with Hayward's St. Rose Hospital. —San Leandro Patch, 05/18/11 More »

Hospitals Eliminate 1 in 4 U.S. Emergency Rooms Since 1990, Study Finds

More than one in four U.S. emergency departments were closed in the past two decades, forcing the nation’s poor and elderly to seek care in fewer, more crowded facilities, researchers found. —Bloomberg News, 05/17/11 More »

U.S. Health Care Costs Per Family More Than Doubled In Nine Years, Report Finds

U.S. healthcare is so expensive that records are broken even when cost increases slow. According to a new report by Milliman, a global consulting and actuarial firm, the total cost of healthcare for the average family of four, if covered by a preferred provider organization, is now a record $19,393. —Hunffington Post, 05/16/11 More »

Mold Grievance

The California Nurses Association filed a grievance last week with St. Joseph Health System-Humboldt County on behalf of several registered nurses at its Eureka hospital whom the CNA claims have been affected by mold found growing in the new tower, still under construction, as well as in the Progressive Care Unit in an existing building connected to the tower. —North Coast Journal, 05/12/11 More »

Single Payer Health: It’s Only Fair

By Senator Bernie Sanders — The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee healthcare as a right to its people. Meanwhile, we spend about twice as much per capita on healthcare and, in a wide number of instances, our outcomes are not as good as others that spend far less. —The Guardian/UK, 05/10/11 More »

Cut Medicare? No Way! Make It ‘Medicare for All’!

House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan [1], R-Wisconsin, proposes to undermine the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, with an eye toward enriching the insurance companies that so generously fund his campaigns. —The Nation, 05/10/11 More »

Nurses dig in to oppose North Auburn birthing center closure

Birthing Center nurses at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital are publicly opposing plans to close labor and delivery services. —Auburn Journal, 05/07/11 More »

Children’s Hospital Oakland nurses on 5-day strike

Registered nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland walked off their jobs Thursday morning in the first day of a five-day strike that centers on disputes over health care benefits and other proposed changes to their contract. —San Francisco Chronicle, 05/06/11 More »

A Flashpoint for Union Rights and Health Care

As working-class people around the country brace for more budget cuts that, among other things, will further restrict their access to health care, the people providing that care have also been feeling the wrath of austerity – and its attendant national offensive against unions. —Subterranean Dispatches, 05/06/11 More »

Plan to close Oak Forest Hospital draws more criticism

Assertions by Cook County officials that Oak Forest Hospital patients will be adequately cared for if the hospital closes were called into question Monday at a public hearing on the planned closure at Oak Forest City Hall. —Southtown Star/Chicago Suntimes, 05/03/11 More »

Snyder is ‘strangling democracy,’ participants at pre-graduation rally in Ann Arbor say

Fifth grader Lexie Salazar told a rally of protesters this morning in Ann Arbor she’s afraid Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget cuts will make it harder for her to become a zoologist. —AnnArbor.com, 04/30/11 More »

Editorial: Delay in fixing Cook County’s hospital system could be deadly

Health care is expensive enough without spending money needlessly. That's what Cook County hospitals are doing. As Greg Hinz reported last week, an investigation by Crain's and the Better Government Assn. shows the public hospital system spends millions more than it should on overtime pay. Total overtime hours exceed industry-recommended norms by a wide margin. —Crain's Chicago, 04/25/11 More »

It’s about safe patient care

The St. Vincent nurses are making a stand for safe limits on nurses’ patient assignments to ensure you receive the care and monitoring that could save your life. —Worcester Telegram, 04/21/11 More »

Alameda County must accept St. Rose offer for San Leandro Hospital

THE FUTURE of San Leandro Hospital has been in doubt for more than two years, but at long last there is now hope to save the hospital -- and to save the lives of untold numbers of its patients. Seeing this hope to fruition must become an urgent priority for all Alameda County policy makers. —Oakland Tribune, 04/18/11 More »

Overtime goes overboard at Cook County hospitals

Staff shortages and management woes at Cook County hospitals are pushing overtime to extraordinary levels, imposing huge costs on taxpayers and raising concerns about patient safety. —Crain's Chicago, 04/15/11 More »

Patient safety should be a priority everywhere

Patient safety should be a priority everywhere

The disrespect Eastern Maine Medical Center Board Chairman Mike McInnis shows in his March 19 commentary toward nurses who have devoted years of service to our patients and our community, and his dismissive tone about our serious concerns about patient safety, demonstrates why we continue to have a dispute at EMMC. —Bangor Daily News, 04/15/11 More »

University of Chicago Medical Center nurses vote to authorize strike

CHICAGO — Union nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike, but an interim contract will keep them on the job until at least the end of June. —Daily Reporter, 04/15/11 More »

Nurses poised to strike at UC Medical Center

CHICAGO—Unionized nurses have voted to authorize a strike against the University of Chicago Medical Center. —WGN Chicago, 04/15/11 More »

Insurance commissioner joins lawsuit alleging fraudulent billing by Sutter Health

Sutter Health hospitals routinely charged insurers for anesthesia services that were never performed, bogus bills that potentially ran into the hundreds of millions of dollars, the state's insurance commissioner alleged Wednesday in joining a lawsuit against the Sacramento-based health network. —Sacramento Bee, 04/13/11 More »

Saint John’s nurses petition to hold union election

SAINT JOHN'S — Nurses at Saint John's Health Center have formally petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, a step organizers say is a decade in the making. —Santa Monica Daily Press, 04/13/11 More »

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