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    Sutter Health Statement Regarding Tragedy at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

    Over the weekend, an unfortunate medical error resulted in the death of a patient at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC). The accident involved a licensed and qualified nurse who is among those provided by an agency contracted by the hospital to care for patients as a result of the California Nurses Union strike.

    This is a tragic accident, and ABSMC has expressed sorrow and sympathy to the patient’s family. The medical center is conducting an investigation into the accident and is taking steps to identify any opportunities to enhance clinical quality and safety.

    It is our responsibility each and every day — regardless of circumstances — to provide the safest, highest quality care possible. Our nurses and other caregivers across our network share compassion for our patients and a commitment to quality patient care. Contract nurses are no different. In fact, contract nurses are part of the daily complement of staff at most hospitals. These nurses are registered, highly trained and qualified, and they undergo screening and orientation before they come to work with us.

    Union leaders are exploiting the tragic death of this patient to further their own bargaining purposes, which is a shame.

    Our hearts go out to the family and the nurse.

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