Supervisors heed NMC workers’ call to put Community First!
Natividad Medical Center (NMC) has secured its path to becoming a Level II Trauma Center and SEIU Local 521 NMC members can feel proud! Our hard work and commitment to putting our Community First was publicly acknowledged by members of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
As Enid Donato, Health Education Assistant, said:
“Trauma care does not stop for anybody. A gunshot, an accident… it’s not scheduled, it needs immediate care. We need the Board to act today on behalf of all Monterey County residents and approve the recommendation for Natividad Medical Center Trauma Center.”
Despite a last-minute tactic from CAO Lew Bauman and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital System (SVMH) to delay implementation of NMC’s trauma center, the Board voted unanimously to move forward, with Supervisor Simon Salinas declaring: “Time is of the essence. If we put out any more delays, we would be setting it up for failure.”
The Board on Feb. 11 will begin to discuss how to respond to a recent proposal from SVMH to form a partnership with NMC.
We must continue to support the Board to demand transparency of the CAO and SVMH. Now that NMC is going to be a Level II Trauma, the value and assets of NMC are even more valuable and we must – and will – protect our county safety net hospital.
Our show of strength this week reflects our commitment to our work at NMC and to providing the highest quality healthcare system for the community.
Monterey supervisors give Natividad plan for trauma center a thumbs up, Monterey County Herald, Jan. 28, 2014
Natividad gets OK to launch trauma center, TheCalifornian.com, Jan. 28, 2014
For the past couple of weeks, SEIU 521 members along with community allies have been speaking with board members and local elected officials to stress the importance of having a Level II Trauma, including how any affiliation/partnership should be a separate conversation.
We will be ready for Trauma come January 2015. While the Board has concerns about finances and spending, SEIU 521 members stand behind the supervisors to ensure transparency on the expenditures and progress in setting up Trauma at NMC as we move forward.
Community partners and Assemblyman Luis Alejo came together last year and successfully passed state legislation, AB276, known as “The Central Coast Hospital Authority Act” to lay the foundation for any future hospital merger with NMC.
This latest “letter of intent” to form a JPA by Salinas Valley Memorial was an obvious tactic to stall NMC’s progression toward Trauma Level status. It was a tactic to dismantle what SEIU 521 members, the community and Assemblymember Alejo have fought hard for, which is protection of our jobs and the critical services we provide our community.
We all need to make sure to stay involved and attend meetings at NMC to protect our jobs, pension, benefits and services we provide.
For more information, contact Miguel Sauceda at Miguel.Sauceda@seiu521.org or 831-784-2575.