Palomar-Pomorado is, I think the highest paid hospital in San Diego county now. It is in Escondido, north of the city. The traffic is OK is you go north for night shift but terrible going home from day shift. NICE nurses.
And in the northern half but rural (not oficially but there are farms & cows in Gilroy, the Garlic Capitol).
July 30, 2003
For information: Seton: Nancy Ostrowski 510-205-6308 / St. Louise: Patty Lasky 408-920-0290
Improvements in patient care, staffing & retirement
RNs reach new contracts at Daly City & Gilroy hospitals
The RNs are represented by the California Nurses Association.
The collective bargaining agreement covering the two facilities closely mirrors the recently concluded groundbreaking agreement recently reached between CNA and the Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) hospital chain covering some 3,500 RNs in Northern California. Now run by the Daughters of Charity, both St. Louise and Seton were until recently part of the CHW.
Under the terms of the new agreement, which will be voted on by the nurses this week, RNs at both hospitals will see a 14 percent wage increase over the two years of the agreement.
The new contract registers significant gains in retirement pension and healthcare provisions. For many nurses the pension benefit will increase as much as 30 percent.
Increases were also made in the amount of educational leave available to RNs at both hospitals.
An agreement was reached between the nurses and administrators at St. Louise for immediate improvement of nurse staffing in the Medical-Surgical unit when California's new CNA-sponsored nurse-to-patient staffing law goes into effect.
"We worked hard to get this agreement and overall it is a good one,' said Critical Care nurse Marie Ames, RN. "We came away with real pension improvement and the wage hike - important in today's economy - conforms to community standards and puts us pretty much on the same level and other nurses in the Bay Area."
"We feel we have made real progress with this agreement," said Intensive Care nurse Donna Fischer, RN. "Hospitals that work with the nurses to improve patient care staffing and provide better retirement benefits will be better able to attract and retain the staff now."