CCRMC Leaders Work to Reduce Impact from Work Action
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) and Health Center leaders are working diligently to reduce the impacts to patient care from the work action called by the California Nurses Association (CNA) for today, October 6 and tomorrow, Wednesday October 7.
"The care and safety of our patients is our top priority and we hope to be able to resolve this as quickly as possible. The Superior Court of California granted us a preliminary injunction requiring some nurses from Detention Services, Inpatient Psychiatric Services and Psychiatric Emergency Services to report to work on the scheduled work action days. An additional 120 positions will be filled by replacement nurses," said Contra Costa Health Services Director William Walker.
Walker said professional nurses were recruited as replacement workers to ensure essential services are available during the work action.
"All of our replacement nurses meet the requirement for the specialties where they will be assigned and they have received training and orientation to CCRMC and Health Centers for the past two days. Their qualifications were verified prior to their arrival on campus," said Walker.
CCRMC and Health Centers provide comprehensive medical services to the residents of this County including services to the County most vulnerable and CCRMC is the only public hospital in this County.
"During this work action, we will continue to deliver high-quality health care to our patients. We’re nationally recognized for providing outstanding health care and we always staff to safe standards for patient safety and quality," said Walker.
Information about the work action is available online at cchealth.org or at 925-335-7676.
Note: Media interviews will be available this afternoon, with the time and location to be announced. Due to the need for staff to manage the impact of the work action, no interviews will be available this morning.
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