Statement from Northern Inyo Hospital

– Press release from Northern Inyo Hospital

Northern Inyo Hospital remains committed to bargaining in good faith with the NIH nurses represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). NIH is making every effort to be fair to all parties involved while keeping its commitment to the community to provide quality health care at reasonable rates.

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  • NIH reduced the rate of many services in an effort to bring a balance to health care in Inyo County, and will not apologize for placing the needs of its patients and the community it serves at the forefront. NIH’s RN pay scale range is $33.72 to $48.41/hour, or roughly $70,000 to $100,000 annually. RNs who work from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. earn an additional 8 percent shift differential, while those who work 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. earn an additional 25 percent.
  • In the long run, NIH is looking to preserve hospital service for this community. NIH must adapt how we provide services in order to meet modern patient needs.
  • To date, NIH has paid $56,000 for legal consultation in regards to the unionization. It is typical for both sides of any union negotiation to have legal counsel. However, NIH would rather see this money used to improve patient services.

Specific points about NIH Medical Leave:

  • NIH voluntarily goes above and beyond the 12 week Federal Medical Leave Act minimum with an additional four weeks of protected leave. A 2012 U.S. Department of Labor statistics report more than 70 percent of employees taking FMLA leave were back at work within 40 days. Only women who took leave to care for a new child took longer leaves.
  • Additionally, NIH employees may use any Paid Time Off (PTO) they have coming, plus other available resources, including the opportunity to have co-workers donate PTO hours to the employee.
  • After FMLA is exhausted, the medical condition is protected under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, the hospital has the right to not accommodate an extended medical leave because of an undue hardship to the hospital and a specific department.
  • In the last two years, there have been three instances where an employee was separated from NIH due to medical issues. One was separated after 23 weeks, one after 20 weeks and one after 16 weeks.
  • It is shameful that the RNs would accuse the District and its Board of Directors of being uncaring and inhumane. When faced with making needed changes, the Board stepped up, researched solutions and sought input from stakeholders. Their priority is the greater good of this community.

Specific points about NIH Grievance Policy:

  • NIH was the only District Hospital in the State of California where employees could appeal grievances to the Board of Directors. It would not be fair to non-union employees to have one grievance policy for union members, and another for everyone else. NIH is committed to a fair and just grievance procedure for all employees, and we are committed to assuring the nurses a fair process.

Northern Inyo Hospital remains committed to providing quality of care for its community. Should anyone have concerns about the quality of care received, please contact Maria Sirois, Chief Performance Excellence Officer, at (760) 873-5811 or maria.s[email protected]

 

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Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
7 years ago

They, the NIH Administration and Board, change the venue in anticipation of a crowd both care givers and members of the public . Of course they fail to place the issue they know is coming on the Agenda. There is no discussion , decision or direction given to the Administration… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
7 years ago

Change of venue : Northern Inyo Hospital Board Meeting

Cerro Coso College, 4090 W. Line Street Room 102, Wednesday June 17,2015 @ 5:45pm

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
7 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

Wow, it is so nice to see Sierra Wave posting both sides of this argument again!

Ca Administrator
Ca Administrator
7 years ago

I don’t really know what exactly is going on with the nurses and administrators at NIH, but I can tell you that Nurses that work for the state of California make $44.23-$55.36 an hour. They also get a additional pay differential for working the night shift. FMLA is a federally… Read more »

muttmaster
muttmaster
7 years ago

We seem to have a failure of communication. Aggrieved nurses shouldn’t try to vent through the media, it just make things worse. Signs down, just ask Admin to put it back up. Don’t assume Admin took it down intentionally. If it has come to this level of animosity and distrust,… Read more »

Vanessa
Vanessa
7 years ago
Reply to  muttmaster

Great point, Muttmaster! Why did this press release only publish the just the nurse’s salary’s? If NIH is going to announce to the community how much nurses make, why not a press release regarding what the CEO earns? What NIH Environmental Services earn? What the Rural Health Clinic Aides earn?… Read more »

Justin Case
Justin Case
7 years ago

I have been reading all the published articles and even attended last Wednesday’s “Town Hall” meeting regarding the unionizing nurses vs the management at NIH. In every single instance is has been the NIH management who has presented facts and figures supporting their decisions/actions. On the other hand, the unionizing… Read more »

Joe
Joe
7 years ago
Reply to  Justin Case

@Justin- You’ve presented the same opinion in previous posts. Have you personally spoken one on one with Dr Tom Boo or perhaps a nurse outside of these public forums? I doubt it and I encourage you to do so. The facts you will hear go beyond dollars and cents to… Read more »

Shelby Schneider
Shelby Schneider
7 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Thank you for saying that, Joe!!!!

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
7 years ago

The Northern Inyo Hospital Board Meeting is Wednesday, June 17, 2015 @ 5.30 pm in the annex 2957 Birch Street. Bishop . Here is a link to the Agenda http://www.nih.org/docs/Board_Agenda_6-17-15_Regular_Meeting.pdf It seems strange that a press release from NIH did not contain this notification. NIH is a public entity and… Read more »

Jake
Jake
7 years ago

Frankly, I think it’s time that this Hospital step up and make changes to keep it financially viable. I don’t want to be on the hook as a homeowner to pay and make up any shortfalls. I’m 100 percent behind this board and administration to make these tough choices. Keep… Read more »