CHS in the News
CHS In the News is an online repository of reports, press releases and news articles on Community Health Systems Inc., that provides information for healthcare providers, patients, investors and members of communities with CHS-owned facilities.
CHS the Employer
Nurses strike to protest labor law violations at a CHS hospital in Watsonville, California - Dec. 2, 2013
Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital, owned by Community Health Systems, held a one-day strike on Dec. 2 protesting federal labor law violations and calling attention to issues that threaten the quality of care—like low nurse-to-patient ratios.
CHS's healthcare workers strike over staffing, patient care at two CHS facilities in Spokane, Washington - Dec. 4, 2013
Up to 1,000 technologists, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, sterile processors, dietary, housekeeping, and admitting staff at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital, plus registered nurses at Valley, all members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, walked picket lines on Dec. 3 to stand up for better staffing and better patient care at the local hospitals.
Union nurses and staff strike at Deaconess and Valley hospitals, decrying staffing cuts - Dec. 4, 2013
In what may be the city of Spokane's largest ever health care strike, hundreds of union nurses, technicians and hospital support workers gathered outside Valley Hospital and Deaconess Medical Center for a 24-hour strike, taking to the picket line over deadlocked contract negotiations.
CHS-owned hospital in Spokane, Washington, locks out its healthcare workers following a strike - Dec. 4, 2013
Administrators at Valley Hospital announced plans to lock out many nurses and technical workers who expected to return to work after a Dec. 3 strike. The hospital hired replacement workers for 72 hours during the 24-hour strike in which nurses and other healthcare employees walked picket lines to call for better staffing and patient care at the hospital.
Profits Before Patients: Nurses Speak Out Against CHS Patient Payment Policy – July 16, 2010
In 2010, nurses at a CHS hospital in Pennsylvania expressed anger regarding a CHS patient payment policy that prohibited the discharge of sick patients before they paid their co-payments. Patients who could not immediately pay were required to meet with a financial advisor before discharge. Nurses alleged that frequently, CHS collection agents “invade patients’ rooms while they are in their beds, to demand money, debit or credit cards from patients and their families.”
Community Track Record
CHS Hospital Closes Parkinson’s Clinic in Spokane, WA – June 18, 2009
Despite promises to maintain a full range of services at Deaconess Medical Center, when it purchased the facility in December 2008, CHS ignored community opposition and shut down a Parkinson’s clinic, which was the only one of its kind in the region.
CHS Closes Trauma Center in Pennsylvania – April 14, 2004
When CHS purchased Brandywine Hospital in Chester County, PA in 2001, it promised to keep the hospital’s trauma center open for at least 3 years and provide 12 months’ notice before closing the center. However, barely a year after purchasing the hospital, CHS closed the trauma center, leaving the population with a 75-minute drive to the nearest trauma center.
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