Providence St. Joseph union workers want more access to CEO

Providence St. Joseph Health union workers voiced frustrations with local media over the lack of access they had to CEO Rod Hochman, MD, in his latest visit to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Calif., and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif.  

Renee Saucedo, an organizer for the National Union of Healthcare Workers, told the Times Standard that union members wanted to discuss understaffing at the hospitals but were not accommodated during Dr. Hochman's visit. They are concerned a potential merger with Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health would exacerbate these issues, according to the report. Providence St. Joseph Health is based in Renton, Wash.

Hospital spokesperson Christian Hill told the Times Standard Dr. Hochman's schedule was booked with meetings with hospital managers and directors. In a prepared statement obtained by the Times Standard, Dr. Hochman said staffing levels met or exceeded federal and local requirements, and he was "impressed by the level of care the team is delivering," in the region. Read the full story here.


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