I am proud to say I have been a nurse at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for over 30 years, caring for patients in the intensive care unit and emergency room, and I managed both those departments for several years. I am appalled at the behavior of California Nurses Association and the nurses who denigrate the care of the nurses of this hospital who work hard to ensure their patients’ care and safety.
I was one of several non-bedside nurses who were not allowed to vote for or against the union last year. Believe me, if we had been allowed to vote, the union would have lost — they won by 10 votes!
The union is trying to make the public believe that patient care is suffering because Sutter Tracy Community Hospital won’t negotiate. Some facts:
1. To this day, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has met 47 times with the union in a sincere effort to reach an agreement on a contract. The union was scheduled to meet for one eight-hour session and walked out in less than one hour. The union uses half truths and innuendos that disparage our hospital’s — and nurses’ — reputation. Truth: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is not closing beds. The hospital is converting rooms so they can be used as private or double rooms. Patients are not turned away because beds are not available.
2. The union fails to note that Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has received recognition from The Leapfrog Group and The Joint Commission for safety and patient care. Our hospital was recognized in the top 5 percent across the nation in AARP magazine in April.
Unions want everyone to believe that they can improve patient care. The truth is that the union is all about money. They receive over $1,400 a year from each nurse.
Do not let the actions of a few cause you to fear your hospital’s patient safety. Our hospital nurses care about their patients and provide excellent care.
Denise Drewry, RN BSN, Manteca
Single-payer healthier than Obamacare
For a change, I will agree with Mr. Wampler about something in his letter to the editor (“Health care act a disaster by all measures,” Steve Wampler, Your Voice, Dec. 6). He says “Obamacare ... is not a solution to the nation’s health care problems.” He’s right! The solution is a single-payer model, as most of the advanced countries in the world have adopted, and that we use for Medicare. But, short of that, the current law is the interim correction for the system that the American people have been subjected to by the insurance industry. The vitriolic pronouncements on the right regarding a plan that was a creation of the Heritage Foundation 20 years ago are so over the top that rational people have decided to ignore them. Steve mentions people with health issues that lost their coverage, but just like the Fox friends on the curvy couch, those are anecdotes with no follow-up. Hannity had three couples with horror stories that all turned out to be nonsense. The most recent was a right-wing blogger who is now famous with the right for not being able to insure his infant son. Why? Because he left him off the application. Of course he will be covered. It is not “astonishing” that many have “lost” their health insurance. People who have inferior policies that do not contain the elements in the law that are termed “protections,” such as the end-of-lifetime coverage limits and pre-existing conditions and many others, will find their policies terminated. And they will have access to replacement coverage that exceeds what they formerly had. Will some people pay more? Yes, but they will be getting much better coverage with many more protections, no death panels, and they won’t be subject to bankruptcy in case of a serious illness. Finally, I don’t expect the president or any Democrat to be looking to Steve for advice, but I’ll give him some. He can expect to see a huge backlash against his tea party brethren in next year’s midterms, because the people aren’t nearly as confused or gullible as he believes they are. Stupid is forever, but ignorance is curable.
Arthur Caya, Tracy