Press Release

A New Sign And Fresh Paint Isn’t Enough

Verdugo Hills Nurses Demand USC Fulfill its Promise to Improve our Community Hospital

Nurses at Verdugo Hills Hospital will rally tomorrow in protest the University of Southern California’s failure to sufficiently improve patient care and labor standards since acquiring the hospital one year ago.

“USC must provide basic needs like supplies, support staff, and an on-site pharmacist available 24-hours to mix and dispense medication safely,” said Pacita Felix an RN in the ICU. “It’s these kind of changes we hoped USC would bring to our hospital, not just fresh paint and a new sign.”

Nurses voted by a 72 percent margin join California Nurses Association (CNA) in March.

What:             Rally and Protest
When:            Wednesday, July 30
                       11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where:           Verdugo Hills Hospital
                       1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208

“Management should be listening to the nurses’ concerns about our hospital,” said Kimberly Dacumos, “Instead they’ve only been listening to their consultants who are advising them to ignore us and break the law.”

The Union has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board in response to more than twenty separate violations of nurse’s rights under federal labor law within the past 6 months.

CNA represents more than 800 additional USC Registered Nurses at Keck Hospital of USC and at Norris Cancer Hospital.