Swedish Nurses, Caregivers Overwhelmingly Vote “No Confidence” in Swedish/Providence Administration

Caregivers speak out about problems with low staffing, racism, poor equipment, and more

SEATTLE- The union of nurses and caregivers at all Swedish-Providence campuses voted 98% “No Confidence” in Swedish and Providence administration following dozens of complaints about poor staffing, broken supplies, and management racism.  The nurses and caregivers announced their vote tonight at a speak out event where a dozen caregivers from Swedish campuses shared examples of what they face at the bedside.

“We, the frontline caregivers, have tried to partner with management, and we’ve tried to make management listen to these critical problems, but they have refused to act,” said Delores Prescott, a nurse at Swedish First Hill.  “We are sounding the alarm—quality patient care is on the line.”

Speakers highlighted problems ranging from Swedish understaffing to having broken suction machines to racist comments from managers that went unaddressed.  The caregivers have raised these problems at the bargaining table, in labor-management and staffing committee meetings, and through direct actions, yet Swedish-Providence has not acted.

“In my unit, we have faced instances where we are without basic supplies and fully functioning equipment that me and my coworkers need to treat patients and care for them,” said Douglas Davis, a tech at Swedish Edmonds.  “One incident that occurred late this summer, my coworker was attempting to treat a patient who was vomiting blood.  Both of the suction machines we would normally use to help a patient in this state were either not working or malfunctioning.  In emergency situations, time is critical and it was only through the resourcefulness of the staff that we were able to avert any further crisis. However, we often don’t have enough staff to handle emergencies like this when they come up.”

A panel of community leaders including Rep. Eileen Cody, Seattle City Council Member Teresa Mosqueda, and Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle Michael Ramos heard the comments and responded with a call to action.

“It is unacceptable that Providence is taking the low road, putting profits ahead of patient care at Swedish,” said Robin Wyss, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.  “We will not stand by while our patient care is at risk.”


Swedish Health’s ambitious Seattle plans involved a developer with a stake in their success

Swedish Cherry Hill Campus

Swedish Health’s ambitious Seattle plans involved a developer with a stake in their success

On Thursday 12/14, The Seattle Times published another article about development on the Swedish Cherry Hill Campus.  Mike Baker, Seattle Times staff reporter

Real-estate developer David Sabey’s support of Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus has had broad benefits for Swedish — and for Sabey. But as hospital executives draw a benefactor close, that relationship can complicate efforts to maintain control over medical programs.

Read the full article here… https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/swedish-healths-ambitious-seattle-plans-involved-a-developer-with-a-stake-their-success/


Swedish Cherry Hill Launches Innovative Employee Commute Program: Caregiver Commute

Last October, Swedish launched Caregiver Commute at the Cherry Hill campus. This innovative employee transportation program is designed to break down barriers to using alternative commuting options and make it easier for employees to make this choice. What makes this program unique is its ability to compile multiple transportation sources in order to connect individuals to the resources that meet their specific transportation needs. Caregiver Commute provides Swedish with a variety of tools and program flexibility that helps encourage employee participation through a positive, personalized experience.

Key program features include:

  • An online commuter hub that provides a “one stop” shop for all information regarding an individual’s transportation needs anywhere there is internet access.
  • Personalized trip planning services to help find the perfect transportation option to fit individual commuting needs.
  • Self-service ride matching that lets employees connect with fellow caregivers to find a ride to and from work.
  • Enhanced communication that includes increased transparency of individual commute cost associated with driving alone.

Whether our caregivers are interested in riding public transit, finding a vanpool or carpool partner, walking, or biking, Caregiver Commute is there to help them choose commute options that support a vibrant and healthy neighborhood.




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