Luci Riley 
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Re: “Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

And it's not just Kaiser. 1900 Alta Bates Summit Medical Center nurses, 575 of which are 12 hr nurses, are being told by management that they either rebid for an 8 hour position of management's choosing, on the shift of their choosing, or their failure to rebid will be taken as a resignation by default. The general public needs to know how Sutter's criminal negligence in providing safe patient staffing may affect their safety as patients at either Alta Bates or Summit Medical Center. As it stands today, we are in a critical shortage of nurses house wide at both facilities. Sutter refuses to hire California tax paying citizens out of California nursing schools and train them to ensure adequate safe patient staffing. Nurses at both facilities are already being asked to work overtime on a daily basis, which statistically puts patient's at risk for medication errors. Sutter CEO Pat Fry gave himself over a one million dollar raise in 2012 over 2011 to a grand total of a 6.9 million dollar salary. That 6 Million Dollar Man salary leads an upper tier of 41 Sutter execs who all make over one million dollar salaries per year. Sutter's newly minted HMO, set to compete head to head with Kaiser's HMO, reaps more profits per employee than any other health maintenance organization in America. Those profits coupled with Sutter's now nationally recognized distinction of last place in charity care contributions among the entire state of California medical centers, begs the question of every fair minded and just citizen with the attention span to have read thus far. How much is too much, when patient's lives have become the "product" of assembly line health care delivery? Your Federal and State tax dollars are and will continue to support millions of deserving American working class retirees who will be accessing their well deserved Medicare accounts as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire in this country every 24 hours. Shouldn't the public have a say on salary caps for corporate healthcare execs? We demand that congress vote on their own salaries, because WE pay those salaries. And who do you think is paying Pat Fry's salary my fair citizens? Just look to your paychecks under Medicare my good people. This Fat Cat depends on the unfettered generosity of good ole YOU.

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Posted by Luci Riley on 01/14/2014 at 11:45 PM

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