Centinela Hospital Medical Center Agrees to Precedent-Setting Pact With
California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
Inglewood, Calif., Dec.11, 2012 – Award-winning Centinela Hospital
Medical Center is pleased to announce today a precedent-setting labor
agreement with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.
More than 500 registered nurses represented by CNA/NNU overwhelmingly approved
the three-year agreement that most notably includes a first in the nation
needlestick and workplace violence insurance benefit funded by the employer.
"Centinela Hospital Medical Center is ranked in the top 5 percent
of hospitals nationwide in great part because of its nurses and physicians,"
said Linda Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of Centinela Hospital Medical
Center. "This shows the commitment Centinela Hospital and its nurses
have for the community and its long-term healthcare needs."
The new contract includes patient care protections such as an improved
floating policy that assures only critical care trained RNs will take
care of critical care patients and preceptor pay to improve training and
retention of new nurses. This agreement also preserves the cost and quality
of healthcare benefits and includes salary increases during the term of
"Centinela Hospital, the largest hospital within the Prime Healthcare
family, has truly been transformed," said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP,
chairman, president and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services, which owns Centinela.
"Prime Healthcare acquired the nearly bankrupt hospital and turned
it into a Top 100 Hospital in less than five years. Prime Healthcare looks
forward to providing essential healthcare to the residents of Inglewood
and the south Los Angeles area, which has been hard hit by the difficult
economic times our nation is facing."
In 2012, Centinela Hospital Medical Center was ranked as a "Top 100
Hospital in the Nation" by Thomson Reuters, based on its quality
of healthcare. Four other Prime Healthcare hospitals were ranked among
the Top 100. Another Prime Healthcare hospital, Alvarado Hospital in San
Diego, recently agreed to a deal with the California Nurses Association.
"As Prime Healthcare has stated repeatedly, we are willing to reach
agreement with unions that bargain in good faith," said Mike Sarian,
president of operations for Prime Healthcare Services. "Unlike SEIU-UHW,
the California Nurses Association's primary goal during negotiations
was to get a fair deal for its nurses. If SEIU cared about a fair deal
for its members, we would already have an agreement in place by now."
In the new CNA/NNU deal, the safety benefit is an employer-paid enhanced
accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance policy which includes
benefits in the event of felonious assault, exposure to disease, such
as hepatitis or HIV. All active full-time registered nurses, first-year
graduate nurses or nurse practitioners working a minimum of 15 hours per
week are covered. Bereavement and trauma counseling, psychological therapy,
travel assistance is also part of the covered benefits, in addition to
payment for injuries and/or accidents that occur to a nurse while working.
Download the PDF of the press release here
"LA Hospital RNs Approve Ground-Breaking New Pact: First-in the nation workplace
safety benefit will protect nurses from serious hazards" reads the headline on the National Nurse's United website. Read
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