Letter to the Editor: Questions for MultiCare

I read with interest the recent article regarding the antic­i­pated purchase of Deaconess Medical Center, Valley Hospital and Rockwood Clinic by Multi­Care. While I welcome new owner­ship, I have reser­va­tions regarding whether Multi­Care will invest in this new purchase for the benefit of the Spokane area consumers.

The regis­tered nurses working for Multi­Care at Tacoma General, repre­sented by Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, have been in negoti­a­tions for a new contract for nearly a year. Multi­Care has engaged in unfair, illegal practices. Currently WSNA has 26 unfair labor practice claims against Multi­Care through the National Labor Relations Board, addressing wages, earned bonuses, staffing, rest breaks and more.

Their next negoti­a­tions are Dec. 14 and, depending on the outcome, they have an advisory strike vote sched­uled for Dec. 16.

The public needs to under­stand that the primary reason anyone is hospi­tal­ized is because he or she needs nursing care. If the RN assigned to provide that care has too many patients, then your health and your life may suffer.

Perhaps we should ask Multi­Care if they will pay fair salaries here, and more impor­tantly, will they provide suffi­cient staffing in the hospi­tals so nurses can provide care safely?

Susan Glass


THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: Letter to the Editor: Questions for MultiCare (12/4/16)