Sutter Health Hospitals Score High on Patient Safety Despite Misleading Union Claims
Six Sutter Health facilities earned high marks for patient safety in a prominent national scorecard—at the same time the California Nurses Union held strikes at or picketed these hospitals over false claims about patient safety.
While nearly 40 percent of California facilities earned a C or below in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, the six Sutter Health hospital campuses received A or B grades for their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. In fact, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific campus earned additional recognition as “straight A” hospitals for consistently earning “A” grades since the launch of the scorecard in 2012. Only 182 hospitals across the nation achieved this distinction.
“CNA leaders thrive on publicity stunts to spread misinformation, and they’ve blundered again by questioning safety in the very hospitals that received high scores for patient safety just hours before the strike,” said Bill Gleeson, Sutter Health spokesperson.
For more information about the performance in additional Sutter Health hospital campuses, visit the Sutter Health newsroom.
About Sutter Health hospitals’ commitment to their nurses: Sutter Health hospitals offer their nurses generous pay and benefits. A nurse who chooses to work full time at a Sutter Health hospital with a CNA contract earns on average $140,000 a year and, in addition, has an option for comprehensive health care benefits with a zero or a very low-cost premium.
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