Thousands of Dignity Health Workers to Protest Unsafe Staffing Levels at 26 Medical Facilities Across California

Thousands of Dignity Health Workers to Protest Unsafe Staffing Levels at 26 Medical Facilities Across California


March 15, 2023 

Media contact: Renée Saldaña, [email protected]

OAKLAND, Calif. – Over the course of two weeks, thousands of healthcare workers will protest and picket throughout March at 26 Dignity Health facilities across California. Dignity Health workers say they are chronically understaffed in just about every department, putting patients and caregivers at risk.

“We are so short-staffed, we only have time to see the sickest of the sick,” said Andrea Tuma, a respiratory therapist at Dignity’s Mercy Medical Center in Redding. “Those with chronic, non-urgent needs have to wait, usually until those needs become urgent. We end the day feeling like we didn’t do enough when we did everything we could.”

In a report published last year by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), 77% of Dignity Health workers surveyed described their working conditions as ‘severely’ or ‘somewhat’ understaffed.

SEIU-UHW represents approximately 18,000 Dignity Health workers statewide. Caregivers joining the protests represent a variety of job classes, including respiratory therapists, nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, dietitians, laboratory assistants, social workers, environmental services/housekeeping, and many other frontline staff. They are calling on their employer to listen to and work with healthcare workers to address the staffing crisis through ongoing contract negotiations.

Dignity Health is part of one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the country, CommonSpirit Health, which earned over $5.4 billion in profits in fiscal year 2021.


3/16 11am-2pm Mercy General Hospital 4001 J St, Sacramento
3/16 11am-2pm Saint John’s Hospital Camarillo 2309 Antonio Ave, Camarillo
3/17 11:30am-1:30pm Mark Twain Medical Center 768 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas
3/17 11am-1pm St. Elizabeth Community Hospital 2550 Sister Mary Columba Dr, Red Bluff
3/20 11am-1pm St. Mary Medical Center 1050 Linden Ave, Long Beach
3/20 11am-1pm Bakersfield Memorial Hospital 420 34th St., Bakersfield
3/20 11am-1pm St. Joseph Medical Center 1800 N. California St., Stockton
3/21 11am-1pm Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield 400 Old River Rd, Bakersfield
3/21 12pm-2pm Dominican Hospital 1555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz
3/21 11am-1pm Mercy San Juan Medical Center 6501 Coyle Ave, Carmichael
3/24 11am-1pm Dignity Foundation 3000 Q St., Sacramento
3/27 11am-1pm Northridge Hospital Medical Center 18300 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge
3/27 1-3pm St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center 2510 North California St, Stockton
3/27 11:30am-1:30pm Mercy Medical Center of Redding 2175 Rosaline Ave, Redding
3/28 11am-1pm California Hospital Medical Center 1401 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
3/28 11am-1pm Community Hospital of San Bernardino 1805 Medical Center Dr, San Bernardino
3/28 11am-2pm Marian Medical Center 1400 E Church St, Santa Maria
3/28 11am-1pm St. Francis Memorial Hospital 900 Hyde St, San Francisco
3/29 11am-1pm Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield 2215 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield,
3/29 11am-1pm Woodland Hospital 1325 Cottonwood St., Woodland
3/29 1-4pm Mercy Hospital of Folsom 1650 Creekside Dr, Folsom
3/30 11am-2pm St. John’s Regional Medical Center 1600 N Rose Ave, Oxnard
3/30 11am-1pm St. Bernardine Medical Center 2101 N Waterman Ave, San Bernardino
3/30 11am-1pm St. Mary’s Medical Center 450 Stanyan St, San Francisco
3/30 11am-1pm Methodist Hospital of Sacramento 7500 Hospital Dr, Sacramento, CA 95823
3/31 11am-1pm Arroyo Grande Community Hospital 345 S Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande

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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.