Sutter Health hospitals negotiating with CNANavigation
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.
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:
“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.
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:
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.
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:
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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.
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:
“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.”