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Sutter Health Hospitals Score High on Patient Safety Despite Misleading Union Claims

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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.

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.

Sutter Health to Maintain Quality Patient Care During CNA Strike

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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

The California Nurses’ union today formally notified five Sutter Health hospitals of its intent to hold a strike on April 30. Hospitals impacted include: Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

“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,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health chief medical officer.

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

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Nurses Reject Union-called Holiday Strike

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals reject the CNA-called strike and come to work. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 77%
  • Novato Community Hospital: 63%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: 62% (including 80% crossover at Summit campus in Oakland)
  • Eden Medical Center: 60%
  • San Leandro Hospital: 45%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center: 39%

 

Many More Nurses Reject Repeated CNA Strikes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

87 Percent Come to Work at One Hospital

Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals reject the CNA-called strike and come to work. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 87%
  • Eden Medical Center: 61% (San Leandro campus 23%)
  • Novato Community Hospital: 58%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center: 43%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: 42% (including nearly 70% crossover at Summit campus in Oakland)
  • Mills-Peninsula Health Services: 41%

High Percentage of Sutter Health Nurses Say NO to Union Strike

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Early reports from Sutter Health hospitals affected by the California Nurses Union strike confirm that a significant percentage of nurses do not support the union’s tactics and have chosen instead to come to work to care for patients.

Crossover numbers have been reported so far from the following Sutter Health affiliates:

  • Novato Community Hospital: 90%
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 55%
  • Eden Medical Center: 41%

Many nurses recognize that Sutter Health hospitals provide competitive wages, benefits and a rewarding work environment. In fact, the average full-time nurse working at a Sutter Health hospital affected by the strike earns $136,000/yr in addition to no-cost or low-cost health benefits and a pension plan that pays, on average, $84,000 per year after retirement.