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Playing Doctor is No Joke
By Frank Froschle
A recent article in the Albuquerque Journal shows that executives of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe have been bargaining in bad faith with the hospital’s nurses and staff.
According to the article, the hospital made more than $21 million in 2009.
A year earlier, the hospital cleared almost $19 million.
Over this same time period, Christus St. Vincent CEO Alex Valdez’s annual salary increased from $271,000 in 2004 to $615,000 in 2009, while Board Member Ernie Sadau received more than $1,019,675 in 2009 from the Christus home office in Texas.
The pattern is clear.
Hospital executives have been taking money out of the hospital to increase their pay, instead of sharing those profits with the patients and staff who helped make those profits possible in the first place.
In 2008, the average nurse at St. Vincent’s earned $52,000 and received no raises.
Now hospital executives are proposing to endanger patient safety by reducing staffing ratios.
St. Vincent’s is New Mexico’s oldest hospital.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the same since Texas-based Christus Health took over the hospital and hired some high-priced California lawyers to start rationing care.
While this approach may have raised profits, it has compromised patient safety and endangered the kind of ethical, compassionate, community-based care that St. Vincent’s nurses and staff have been delivering for more than 35 years.
Mr. Valdez and all those out-of-town Christus lawyers and executives need to settle the contract in favor of St. Vincent’s nurses and staff, so they can get back to doing their jobs.
2320 Brother Abdon
Santa Fe, NM 87505
The Piercing Truth
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