Stand with us for affordable care
Providence St. Peter, our community hospital, is a great place to receive care but the Providence corporation that owns it is making the wrong choices. Providence cut employee healthcare, harming caregivers, patients, and our local economy. Read more about it here.
We all know Providence has been squeezing profit out of our community hospital. Providence made $1.4 billion in operating profit 2008-2012, yet still cuts its commitment to our front-line caregivers.
Now an arm of the federal government has filed a formal complaint against Providence and summoned it to appear before an administrative law judge to answer charges that it broke the law when it cut employee healthcare benefits.
Providence could just reinstate employee healthcare plans, avoiding the legal costs of defending its unconscionable actions, but it would rather spend its money on high-powered lawyers than on its own front-line caregivers.
Providence is a tax-exempt charity and should be playing a positive role in our community, not breaking the law. We deserve better and the Providence Corporation has the resources to make that happen. We cannot allow the second largest employer in Olympia- a healthcare employer receiving public funds- to roll back access for its own employees, lower the standard for affordability, and break the law.
“I work a second a job just to be able to afford my family’s healthcare. My husband has cystic fibrosis and needs to take enzymes to absorb his food. This used to be covered, but now it costs our family $300 a month just so he can digest his food. I’m also going to school to become a nurse and we’re paying for it ourselves. Things are really hard for us right now. We work in a hospital, and it’s outrageous that any of us have to work a second job or worry about how we’ll afford our care.” Abbey Bruce, CNA, Providence St. Peter Hospital
The Providence Corporation must restore employee healthcare and come back to the table to settle a contract that rewards the staff who provide great patient care and make the corporation so successful. And the Providence Corporation needs to settle the charges with the labor board instead of spending patient care resources on a legal fight.
Add your name to this community petition, and tell Providence Corporation CEO Rod Hochman it's time to restore healthcare.
To Providence Corporation CEO Rod Hochman and the Providence St. Peter Board:
When we are sick and injured, we depend on the nurses and healthcare workers at Providence St. Pete's to care for us.
But when Providence corporate management cut employee healthcare coverage, it hurt Olympia's families, patients, and local economy. The Providence Corporation can afford better and needs to invest in Olympia and our patients, not use St. Pete's to pad corporate profit.
We're calling on Providence to restore employees' healthcare and settle a contract that moves all Providence employees forward with the company's success-- not just the CEO.
Read more about Providence employees' struggle for affordable healthcare here.