MultiCare fined again for COVID-19 safety violations, this time at Puyallup hospital


The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, which repre­sents nurses at Good Sam and filed the initial complaint prompting the inspec­tion, issued a state­ment Wednesday in response to the citation.

WSNA filed this complaint on behalf of our nurses at Good Samar­itan after a COVID-19 outbreak in one unit at the hospital that resulted in nine of our members testing positive for COVID-19,” the union said. With multiple citations and $27,000 in penal­ties, DOSH has affirmed what WSNA has been saying since the onset of this pandemic: Certain hospi­tals simply have not done enough to provide our nurses — and all front-line health care workers — with the protec­tions they need to safely care for themselves and their patients.”

It added it was deeply troubled” by MultiCare’s plans for appeal and that it intends to oppose any effort by Multi­Care Good Samar­itan to have the DOSH citations and fines overturned.”

Good Samar­itan nurses and patients would be better served if Multi­Care instead took the appro­priate correc­tive action immedi­ately rather than dragging this out and denying our members their legal right to provide patient care in a workplace that is free from hazards that can cause serious injury or death,” the associ­a­tion said.


TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE: MultiCare fined again for COVID-19 safety violations, this time at Puyallup hospital (3/4/21)