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    MEDIA ALERT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 26, 2011 -
    Background
    Nine Sutter Health hospitals throughout the Bay Area and Northern California are currently at different stages of negotiating new contracts with the California Nurses Union (CNA). Each Sutter Health hospital negotiates individual labor contracts specific to their hospital and community needs.

    Key Information

    • An R.N. working full-time at one of the Sutter Health Hospitals negotiating a contract with the nurses union receives, on average:
      • $136,000 annual salary
      • 100% employer paid health benefits for themselves and their dependents at many of our hospitals
      • A pension worth $7,000 per month for life upon retirement after working 22 years
      • 40 paid days off each year
      • Part-time nurses earn an average of $105,000 and receive virtually the same benefits
    • During negotiations, Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals are balancing their commitment to provide competitive pay and benefits with an obligation to keep health care affordable for patients. Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals will continue to offer competitive pay and benefits and provide a rewarding and respectful work environment for nurses, but will reject unreasonable demands that unnecessarily increase costs.
    • Despite the generous wage and benefit packages provided by Sutter Health hospitals, the nurses’ union demands more — substantial pay and benefit increases that will increase costs at the hospitals by tens of millions of dollars each year.
      • At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland/Berkley, one union demand will increase annual pension costs at that one medical center by $7 million each year. The CNA wants similar pension enhancements at other affiliates.



    Media Contacts for Sutter Health and Affiliates
    OrganizationContact NamePhone NumberEmail Address

    Sutter Health

    Kami Lloyd(916) 286-6695 (media line)lloydk@sutterhealth.org
    Alta Bates Summit Medical CenterCarolyn Kemp

    (510) 869-8220

    KempC2@sutterhealth.org

    California Pacific Medical Center

    Kevin McCormack

    (415) 600-7484 (office)
    (415) 232-6463 (pager)

    McCormKD@sutterhealth.org

    Eden Medical Center

    Cindy Dove

    (510) 899-5022

    DoveC@sutterhealth.org

    Mills-Peninsula Health Services

    Cynthia Greaves

    (650) 934-8612

    GreaveC@pamf.org

    Novato Community Hospital

    Mary Strebig

    (415) 209-1328

    StrebiM@sutterhealth.org

    Sutter Delta Medical Center

    Angela Lombardi

    (925) 303-6104

    LombaA2@sutterhealth.org

    Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa

    Shaun Ralston

    (707) 576-4847

    RalstoS@sutterhealth.org

    Sutter Lakeside Hospital

    Angie Lagle

    (707) 262-5121

    LagleAD@sutterhealth.org

    Sutter Solano Medical Center

    Nancy Turner

    (707) 428-2763

    turnern@sutterhealth.org



    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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    Contact
    Sutter Health Media Line
    (916) 286-6695