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Hospital says long term future in doubt

East Liverpool Hospital blames nurses for scrubbing HM Health Partnership


The operators of East Liverpool City Hospital say that the rejection of a contract offer by the nurses union places the long term future of the hospital in doubt.

A news release from hospital operator, Valley Health Partners, says that the latest contract offer was rejected by the East Liverpool Nurses Association. The hospital statement says, "As anticipated, the rejection of the latest offer prevents the merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners. ELCH will now explore all options that will ensure access to care for our community."

In February of last year, Humility of Mary Health Partners, which operates Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, announced that it had entered into a letter of intent to fully integrate with River Valley Health Partners, the operator of East Liverpool City Hospital.

ELCH administrators say they offered a fair and competitive contract to the nurses, claiming the terms "compared favorably" to health care facilities throughout the region.

After months of contentious negotiations, the 133 member union and hospital management have been unable to come to terms on a new contract. Members of the Ohio Nurses Association called off a threatened strike late last month, refusing to vote on a contract offer from the hospital.

21 News is seeking comment from the nurses association.


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