Archive for May, 2010

Money Can’t Buy a Clean Conscience

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ascension Health is the largest Catholic non-profit health system in America. It owns Genesys Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Ascension has paid huge amounts to settle Justice Department and labor board charges in just the last year alone.

First, Genesys paid $1 million for wrongfully firing its clinical engineers.

Then, Genesys settled two charges by the U.S. Department of Justice – first for $669,000 and then for $931,000 – for overbilling Medicare. This kind of fraud takes money from the Medicare program and leads to higher premiums for seniors. Several other Ascension hospitals have paid over $2.5 million in settlements to the DOJ in the last year as well.

And now, Ascension’s St. John Hospital in Detroit has recently settled with nurses for over $13.5 million. The nurses sued Ascension and other area hospitals for violating anti-trust laws by conspiring over a five-year period to keep nurses’ wages artificially low.

$18.6 million in just one year? This is money that is not going towards improving health care in our communities. And now Ascension has the nerve to get $1.3 billion in tax-exempt bonds from Michigan as well.


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Genesys’ Mother's Day Gift to New Moms: Cutting Nurses

Friday, May 7th, 2010

At Genesys Regional Medical Center, licensed practical nurses take care of new moms and their babies. But Genesys wants to do away with all these nurses.

Genesys also wants to take away employees’ health care and pension when they retire.

Registered nurses and doctors at Genesys signed a petition asking management not to cut these vitally important nurses.

This petition was sent to GRMC management on May 6, 2010:

We, the Registered Nurses of the Family Birthing Center, feel our licensed practical nurses are a great asset to the care of the moms and babies.

The licensed practical nurses have a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

They are a valuable asset to our team. In the Well Baby Nursery the procedures they do every day are extremely helpful to us. We really do not want to lose our licensed practical nurses!

Signed,

Registered Nurses and Doctors at the Genesys Family Birthing Center

You can click here to send a letter to tell Genesys and tell them: Don’t Put New Moms and Babies at Risk!


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