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 Repeated Union-Called Strikes

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Quality | 0 comments

Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals negotiating with the California Nurses Union reject the union-called strike and come to work to care for patients. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 104%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
    • 56% (Summit Campus in Oakland)
    • 44% (Alta Bates and Herrick campuses in Berkeley)
  • Eden Medical Center: 41%

 

Our Commitment to Our Patients

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

Our hospitals will continue to deliver high-quality care to our patients during the week-long strike called by the union.

We are deeply disappointed with the unions’ decisions to ask employees to walk out on our patients. This is the ninth strike the California Nurses Union has called against our medical centers in less than two years. It is unclear what the union hopes to accomplish through this strike since the past walkouts have brought us no closer to agreement.

Keep in mind that a nurse who chooses to work full-time at our hospitals with CNA contracts:

  • Earns an average of $137,000 per year (based on 2012 W2 data).
  • Receives a generous employer paid pension.
  • Gets up to 40 paid days off annually.
  • And has the option of 100% employer paid health insurance, or low-cost benefits.

 

 

 

Nurses Report to Work Despite Union-Called Christmas Eve Strike

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals negotiating with the California Nurses Union reject the union-called holiday strike and come to work to care for patients. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.

  • Eden Medical Center: 51%
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 47%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center: 47%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: 41%
  • San Leandro Hospital: 41%

Nurse Union Leaders Call Christmas Eve Strike, Despite Industry-Leading Wages and Benefits

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

Quality Care Will Continue During Unfortunate & Insensitive Disruption

The California Nurses Union announced a one-day strike for December 24 against four Sutter Health hospitals. This union has called more than 110 strikes against California hospitals in the past three years including a Thanksgiving strike less than one month ago.

Following is a statement from Sutter Health spokesperson Bill Gleeson:

“Calling a strike on Christmas Eve shows complete disregard for patients and families dealing with hospitalization at an especially difficult time.

“A hospital stay is difficult for patients and families at any time, but it’s especially hard during the holidays. Rest assured, our hospitals will remain open to care for patients during the union’s insensitive strike. In past strikes, a large and growing number of our permanent nurses ignored the union’s call to strike and came to work. Our hospitals have arranged for qualified, licensed nurses to fill in and work beside us to care for our patients.

“These repeat strikes do nothing to help reach closure on outstanding contracts. Forcing hospitals to pay a premium for replacement nurses during the holidays only diverts resources that are better invested in patient care.

“Our hospitals greatly value our nurses. Today a nurse who chooses to work full-time at a Sutter Health hospital with a CNA contract earns on average:

  • $136,000 a year
  • 100% employer-paid health benefits for most nurses
  • $84,000 a year employer-paid pension for life
  • Up to 40 paid days off per year
  • Respectful work environment that encourages nurse involvement in patient care decisions

“Despite generous compensation packages and respectful work environments, the nurse union continues to reject even the most modest contract changes intended to reduce healthcare costs for our patients.

“We hope union leaders will stop these disruptive and nonproductive strikes and instead focus on truly negotiating a contract for our nurses.”