Union leaders at local hospitals say they are ready and hopeful for positive change at the ValleyCare Health System of Ohio.
The sale of eight Community Health Systems hospitals to Boston-based Steward Health Care LLC was completed Monday. The sale included ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which is composed of of 355-bed Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, 311-bed Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren and 69-bed Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland.
Laurie Hornberger, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association affiliated with the Ohio Nurses Association representing more than 200 registered nurses, said she met with Steward officials on Monday.
“We are hopeful for the change,” Hornberger said. “We welcome the new change. I think the same goal is quality care for patients.”
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“With all new ownership, there’s uncertainty because of the new change but we welcome the new change, and the common goal is to provide quality patient care,” said Laurie Hornberger, a nurse at Northside and president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association.
She said her hospital has seen about 70 patients a day in recent months and has over 200 nurses.
But Hornberger said that’s about half of what they’ve had previously. In 2013, there were over 400 nurses at the hospital.
People are leaving the area, but nurses are hoping that will soon change.
“Hoping to grow the hospital service, grow the staff, and continue to provide for the community,” Hornberger said.
On February 17, 2017, CHS announced the sale of Northside Medical Center to Steward Health Care. Read the full article here.
Steward Health Care will offer employment to all active employees in “good standing” when the transaction is complete, according to the purchase agreement with CHS.
Steward Health Care is a physician-led health care services organization and community hospital network with 3,000 physicians, 10 hospital campuses and 24 affiliated urgent-care provider locations, according to its website.
“We are more than willing to work with a new system,” said Laurie Hornberger, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association. Hornberger, a registered nurse, said YGDNA represents 210 registered nurses at Northside.
“We always knew that there was a potential for a sale,” she said.
Hornberger hopes Steward shares the same beliefs as the nurses do in offering quality care to patients and serving the community.
Source: Youngstown Vindicator – http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/feb/17/chs-sells-valleycare-sharon-regional-hos/