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Virtua averts nurses' strike with new contract, increased staffing
(Camden Courier Post) About 1,500 registered nurses have voted to accept a new contract with Virtua, calling off a threatened strike that would have affected the health system's locations in Voorhees, Marlton, Berlin and Camden, as well as its visiting home care nurses.
Virtua union representing 1.5k nurses votes to strike if necessary
(Becker's Hospital Review) A union representing 1,500 registered nurses at Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health voted March 6 to strike if necessary after complaining nurses are frequently too busy to take a break during shifts or take earned days off, according to a Courier-Post report.
Nurses and LVH-Pocono reach agreement
(Pocono Record) Nurses with the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono reach three-year contract with the hospital, but not without taking some parting shots. The nurses are represented by JNESO, the healthcare union, a New Jersey-based union. The contract will cover about 400 full-time, part-time and per diem registered nurses employed by the hospital.
LVH-Pocono nurses agree to three-year contract
(Morning Call) Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono reached a three-year contract agreement Friday with the union that represents registered nurses there, according to a statement released by the union.
N.J. flu outbreak: Worried hospitals impose visitor restrictions
(NJ.com) The surge of flu-related emergency room visits in recent weeks has hospitals taking extra precautions, including bolstering visitor restrictions on children of certain ages and those with flu-like symptoms.
State health care workers struggle with staff reductions
(NorthJersey.com) We love our patients
– just ask any health care professional who
works day in and day out caring for them.
It’s a labor of love, as we work long hours -
St. Mary's laying off 20 nurses, medical techs
(NorthJersey.com) Twenty nurses and medical
technicians will be laid off at St. Mary's General
Hospital in Passaic, union officials said Monday.
NURSES' Pocono Medical Center to lay off 61 Registered Nurses
(Pocono Record) Pennsylvania and New Jersey
healthcare union JNESO was informed of the
planned layoffs Tuesday, Douglas Placa, district
council executive director, said.
Sale of Newark hospital to for-profit chain gets green light
(NJ.com) TRENTON -The Christie administration
should allow a for-profit hospital chain to buy the
bankrupt St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark,
a state panel recommended Thursday.
Newark Coalition Says it will Back Saint Michael’s sale, with conditions
(Politico.com) NEWARK -The leader of a community
coalition indicated during a public hearing Tuesday
evening that the group's support for the proposed sale
of Saint Michael's Medical Center is contingent upon...
HOW TO HANDLE SALE OF NEWARK HOSPITAL PRESENTS DILEMMA FOR STATE OFFICIALS
(NJSpotlight.com) Saint Michael’s sale to Prime
Healthcare receives unanimous support at public hearing,
but others raise serious questions about proposal.
At public hearing, widespread support for sale of Newark hospital
(POLITICO New Jersey) NEWARK -Supporters of the
proposed sale of Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark
turned out in force Tuesday for a state Department of
Health public hearing.
BATTLE CONTINUES OVER NURSE-TO-PATIENTS RATIO AS MEASURE ADVANCES
(NJSpotLight.com) Nurses cite patient safety while hospitals
say they need staffing flexibility. Labor unions representing
the state’s nurses have won a key legislative skirmish over
reducing the registered nurses-to-patients ratio allowed in
hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
Should N.J. hospitals be forced to add more nurses?
(NJ.com) TRENTON -Hospitals and same-day surgery centers
would be required to meet minimum nursing-to-patient
requirements or face fines by the state Department of Health
under a bill approved Thursday by a state Assembly committee.
Workers Rally for the Future of Saint Michael’s Medical Center
(NewarkInc.com) Union protesters filled the streets of
Newark on October 27, parading to the steps of City
Hall to demand that Saint Michael’s Medical Center
St. Michael's Hospital files for bankruptcy
(NJ.News12.com) VIDEO St. Michael's Medical Center
in Newark has announced the facility is declaring bankruptcy.
However, President David Ricci says that this is actually good
news that will keep the hospital's doors open.
St. Michael's supporters knock Christie for absence as they await decision on hospital sale
(NJ.com) Clergy members joined elected officials, community
activists and dozens of employees Thursday to urge Gov. Chris
Christie to sign off on the long-awaited sale of St. Michael's
WITH BANKRUPTCY FILING, SAINT MICHAEL’S OPENS UP NEW FRONT IN BATTLE OVER SALE
(NJSpotlight.com) Hospital CEO points to lengthy state review
while state argues it must act in best interests of community. The
decision by Saint Michael’s Medical Center officials to file for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday opens a new opportunity for the
hospital to argue for its proposed sale to the California-based
for-profit chain Prime Healthcare Services.
Mona Hartle, RN and JNESO PMC Local President: Bill Would Make Pennsylvania Hospitals Safer
(PoconoRecord.com) Are you safe in Pennsylvania’s hospitals?
That’s a question that our Commonwealth sought to answer, and
after months of research and evaluation, it did.
OSHA to crack down on hospitals that don't protect nurses from injury
(FierceHealthcare.com) Noncompliant hospitals will face fines up
to $70K The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
has announced a new initiative to drastically increase scrutiny of
injuries among hospital nursing staff.
OP-ED: SAINT MICHAEL’S EDUCATING NEXT GENERATION OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
(NJSpotlight.com) For sake of Newark community, NJ needs to
approve pending sale to private operator. The debate over the future
of Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark has, to date,
completely ignored the central role this hospital plays in medical
Newarkers rally to keep Saint Michael's, N.J. setting tone in speech rights protection
(NJ.com) More than 200 employees, physicians, patients,
community members and local officials joined several labor
unions – including JNESO, District 1199J and IUOE Local 68
- for a rally in support of Saint Michael’s Medical Center in
Newark on Wednesday.
Union Members Rally in Support of St. Michael's Medical Center
(Patch.com) The people have spoken: we need our
hospital. On Wednesday, May 27, 200 residents, healthcare
workers, doctors, clergy and elected officials rallied in
the streets of Newark in support of the sale of Saint Michael's
Fighting to Keep Saint Michael’s Medical Center Open
(NJTVNews.com) VIDEO This time it’s religious leaders
stepping out to lend support in the fight to keep Saint
Michael’s Medical Center open in Newark. “This is a
moral issue. This is a moral issue,” said Rev. Ronald
Slaughter, senior pastor at Saint James AME Church
Religious leaders rally to save St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark
(Fios1news.com) Hospital recently released report challenging
plans to convert facility into outpatient ambulatory/emergency
NEWARK LEADERS SUPPORT SAVE ST. MICHAEL'S MEDICAL CENTER COALITION
(WBGO News) The Save Saint Michael’s Coalition is voicing
opposition to the state-commissioned Navigant Study, which
recommends the hospital be restructured as an ambulatory center.