The Daily Breeze reported on a nurses “informational picket” at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) yesterday. CHMC took the time to respond to 2UrbanGirls, on social media, about the protest and the hospital’s hopes of becoming a trauma center.
“Patient safety is the highest priority in the hospital, from the top on down. We’re proud of being nationally recognized by The Leapfrog Group with an “A” in Hospital Safety 14 times and with the Patient Safety Excellence Award five years in a row from Healthgrades. Not many facilities in the area have the same record. Centinela Hospital is a union-affiliated facility, with two major active unions on campus. On the nursing side, we have been engaged in contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association (CNA) for almost a year and have offered proposals that balances competitive wages, benefits and professional development. Our hospital respects employees’ rights to participate in union activities but much prefers meeting at the bargaining table to reach agreements that meet the needs of employees and our patients. Our goal is ratify a contract as soon as possible. In the meantime, CNA notified the hospital about their plans to picket on Monday, Nov. 25 and held a peaceful demonstration. We are hopeful that an agreement will come as a result of our discussions in the near term.
The commentators and posters here (Eye Witness News in Inglewood) are correct in stating the Centinela Hospital is not a designated trauma center. This designation is administered by LA County Emergency Medical Services and is something this hospital is actively pursuing for all the reasons listed here. In the event of a emergency in our neighborhood in which patients need to be treated at a trauma center, the closest to Inglewood are UCLA Harbor and UCLA Ronald Reagan and a few others. This is not ideal for our community considering all of the active development going on. The Mayor and Inglewood City Council-members, as well as our other elected officials, are aware of our interest and plans to become a designated Level II trauma center, and we need to work in tandem with LA County EMS in order to make this a reality. It’s not something that our hospital can do on its own. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.”Centinela Hospital Medical Center