Sutter Health Hospitals to Maintain Quality Patient Care During CNA Strike

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hospitals Committed to Fair Labor Contracts; Also Doing Their Part to Make Health Care More Affordable for Patients

Not-for-profit Sutter Health hospitals are well prepared to continue high-quality care for patients and their families despite the  strikes called  for April 30 by the California Nurses union.

Earlier this month, the nurses union announced plans to strike Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Mills-Peninsula Health Services, while also holding an informational picket at California Pacific Medical Center.

“Quality patient care will continue,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health chief medical officer. “Each of our impacted hospitals has contracted with an agency that provides licensed, experienced registered nurses to fill in for those who choose to strike. Our hospitals remain committed to bringing closure to labor contracts for our valued nurses, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for our patients.”

According to Dr. Lockhart, a nurse who chooses to work full-time at Sutter Health hospitals with CNA contracts:

  • Earns an average of $140,000 per year (or more than $65 per hour)
  • Receives a generous employer-paid pension
  • Receives up to 40 paid days off annually
  • And has the option of zero-monthly premium health insurance, or extremely low-cost benefits

“This labor union follows a PR playbook and they pick themes they believe will resonate with the public—even if the claims are false,” said Sutter Health spokesperson Bill Gleeson. “The fact is, Sutter Health hospitals meet or exceed the state’s safe staffing ratios and routinely rank in the top quartile for quality.”

“Reaching agreement requires reasonable proposals on both sides,” Gleeson said. “The union has asked for wage increases of up to 19 percent, and at many of our hospitals, the union has yet to even respond to proposals we presented back in December.”

Noting that the CNA union called 150 strikes against Northern California hospitals in the past five years, Gleeson added, “Unfortunately, this union has a pattern of calling unnecessary strikes.”

“Providing quality care for patients starts with taking good care of our nurses and all employees, and we are proud of the generous wages and benefits provided by Sutter Health affiliates,” Dr. Lockhart concluded.

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