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Nurses Strike Sutter to Protect Patient Care

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Published on May 21, 2013

Registered Nurses began a 7-day strike at five East Bay Sutter hospitals Friday protesting the corporation's continuing demand for sweeping cuts in patient care protections and healthcare coverage for nurses and their families, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today.

The walkout will affect more than 2,800 RNs at Alta Bates Summit facilities in Berkeley and Oakland, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, and Sutter Delta in Antioch. Additionally, a strike May 23 and 24 will affect 1,400 RNs at two HCA-affiliated San Jose hospitals, Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center.

On Wednesday the RNs withdrew plans to strike San Leandro Hospital following an announcement late Tuesday that Alameda County has signed a letter of intent to assume ownership of that facility from Sutter and turn it into a publicly owned and operated facility.

The RNs called that development a welcome signal that the vital hospital will be preserved with its acute care services following years of uncertainty stemming from Sutter's intent to close the hospital years ago and a long campaign by CNA and community leaders and residents to save San Leandro Hospital. Final transfer is expected this fall.

"This is truly a remarkable event," said San Leandro RN Lisa LaFave. "After a long struggle we are thrilled to know we can continue to care for our community. Lives will be saved."

"CNA has been instrumental in our battle to preserve health care here in our community and through out the Bay Area. We are deeply indebted to their leadership and support. We look forward to a long and gratifying future," LaFave said.

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