Healthcare Workers to Set Up Danger Zones to Protest Short-Staffing at Sutter Hospitals Across Northern CA

Workers, Elected Leaders to Highlight Understaffing, Long Patient Wait Times, Worker Safety Issues

Healthcare Workers to Set Up Danger Zones to Protest Short-Staffing at Sutter Hospitals Across Northern CA

Workers, Elected Leaders to Highlight Understaffing, Long Patient Wait Times, Worker Safety Issues

For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2021

Contact:
Renée Saldaña
mediarelations@seiu-uhw.org

OAKLAND, CA—During the month of July, Sutter Health employees and allies will rally at facilities across northern California to expose the threat to workers and patients caused by understaffing, long patient wait times, and worker safety issues at Sutter facilities.

“While Sutter has been driving up costs, they’ve been driving down the quality of care, staffing and safety at our hospitals. Just about every department is understaffed. Workers are getting run ragged with no time for breaks, and patients are suffering with long wait times for the care they need,” said Stefanye Sartain, Respiratory Therapist, Sutter Delta Medical Center. “It’s time for Sutter Health management to put patient and caregiver safety first. Listen to caregivers. Stop short-staffing and lowering the quality of patient care.”

Despite making $189 million in profits in 2021, receiving $843 million in taxpayer money during the COVID-19 pandemic, and paying out millions of dollars in executive salaries and bonuses, Sutter Health has announced layoffs of workers and continues to short-staff their hospitals.

Dates & Locations: 11 am – 1 pm

  • July 7: Sutter Delta Medical Center & Sutter Santa Rosa Medical Center
  • July 14: Sutter Eden Medical Center & Sutter Solano Medical Center
  • July 21: Sutter Roseville Medical Center & Sutter California Pacific Medical Center
  • July 28: Sutter Lakeside Hospital & Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

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SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is a healthcare justice union of more than 100,000 healthcare workers, patients, and healthcare activists united to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality care for all Californians, provided by valued and respected healthcare workers. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org.