Press Release

Nurses and caregivers speak up for patient care and strongly oppose excessive CEO pay

CNA Nurses and CHEU members protest layoffs and CEO pay
CNA/CHEU members protest layoffs and deliver pink slip to Palomar Health CEO Diane Hansen - May 11, 2020

Escondido, CA – Nurses and caregivers strongly oppose the recent vote by the majority of the Palomar Health Board of Directors to approve CEO Diane Hansen's new contract, which grants about a 20 percent salary increase to her along with two bonuses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for over two years, announced California Nurses Association/Caregivers & Healthcare Employees Union (CNA/CHEU) today.  

CNA/CHEU nurses and caregivers strongly oppose the approval of the excessive CEO pay during a time when Palomar Health has laid off more than 200 RNs and caregivers despite a global pandemic attacking our communities. In addition, Palomar Health has made cuts in departments to make way for restructuring and implemented changes that negatively have affected patient care during the pandemic.

As patient advocates, nurses and caregivers say they will not be silenced and will continue to speak out on what is best for our patients. Nurses and caregivers believe that Palomar Health should be focused on distributing the District’s budget towards PPE and safe staffing for all of us to provide the safe patient care that our community deserves.
What: Press Conference on Patient Care and Opposition to Excessive CEO Pay at Palomar Health
When: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:45 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
Where: Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029 - Citracado Pkwy Entrance to Palomar
Contact: Ginger Faustino (702) 509-0172 and Sara Gurling (818) 216-6485