July 28, 2008

Hundreds of Caregivers to Rally As Hospital Rejects $4.3 Million

HEMET, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerned about the future of patient care in VHS hospitals, hundreds of healthcare workers will attend the VHS Board of Directors meeting and rally outside the building. On July 8, SEIU United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU UHW) representing VHS workers met with hospital administration and offered a significant compromise from the current union contract that would immediately save the troubled hospital system $4.3 million. On July 17, VHS administration rejected the proposal.

"The hospital rejected over $4.3 million in compromises made by employees attempting to safeguard patient care in the community," said Tommie Henson, RN at Menifee Valley Medical Center. "The hospital administration continues to demonstrate that they do not have the capability to turn around the hospital from its state of bankruptcy. We call on the Board of Directors to accept our offer and work together with us to save our hospitals."

The upcoming board meeting will make it clear that SEIU UHW members who work at VHS hospitals are prepared to stand their ground and continue to work towards a healthy future for the hospital and the community.

WHAT: Hundreds of Healthcare Workers to rally and attend VHS Board Meeting

   WHEN:  Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm   WHERE:  Across the street from Hemet Valley Medical Center   1117 E. Devonshire Ave, Hemet 92543   WHO:  Healthcare Workers, Community Leaders   VISUAL:  Healthcare Workers in scrubs chanting outside of building   

The 150,000-member SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, which represents over 800 employees at VHS hospitals, is the largest, fastest-growing hospital and healthcare union in the western United States and represents every type of healthcare worker, including nurses, professional, technical and service classifications.. Our mission is to achieve high-quality healthcare for all.

CONTACT: Tadzio Garcia

(213) 300-8974, [email protected]

SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West

CONTACT: Tadzio Garcia of SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West,+1-213-300-8974, [email protected]

Web Site: http://www.seiu-uhw.org/