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ValleyCare Health reacts to Northside nurses complaint

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - State legislators from the Valley are showing support for Northside Medical Center nurses who are opposing changes in the  hospital's staffing system.

On Monday, the Youngstown General Duty Nurses association held what the nurses union characterized as a town hall meeting to discuss quality patient care.

Ohio Senators Capri Cafaro and Joe Schiavoni, as well as U.S. representatives Ronald Gerberry met with Northside Medical center Nurses and community leaders at the Youngstown Saxon Club Pavilion.

The nurses have been without a contract over a year now. Over 400 members at Northside  previously held informational picketing in March over contract disputes.

The town hall focused on issues relating to a new policy being used in negotiations by the hospital, commonly known as "nurse rationing." Under this policy, nurses can be sent home at any time during slow periods of work and called back during high periods.

Nurses argue that the policy hurts the quality of care that can be provided at the hospital and elected officials listened and responded during the town hall.

The following is a portion of a statement released by Northside Medical Center Vice President of Marketing, Trish Hrina:

 "The Ohio Nurses Association at Hillside and four other bargaining units representing nurses and other employees across ValleyCare Health System of Ohio have within the last year ratified labor agreements with terms similar to those proposed to the Ohio Nurses Association at Northside. Each of these agreements includes flexibility in scheduling for the needs of our patients which follows a standard practice across the hospital industry. Our proposal also includes wage increases and comprehensive benefits including health insurance."

Contract negotiations between the nurses union and the hospital are scheduled to resume on July 15.

Stay connected with wfmj.com and 21 News for more on this developing story.

 

 

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