MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Nurses employed by UPHS-Marquette delivered a report documenting their concerns regarding incidents of unsafe patient care to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The nurses are in the middle of a contract dispute with hospital management, and have been since April 2017. A previously agreed upon contact extension expired on July 28.
The nurses asked for an investigation into the Duke-Lifepoint owned hospital, as they believe their documented concerns are being disregarded by management.
The report has more than 200 forms documenting more than 780 incidents of unsafe patient care conditions. The records have been collected since January 1, 2017.
At an event held Thursday at 4 p.m., the nurses shared highlights from the report, spoke about conditions in the hospital, and delivered the report to the MDHHS.
UPHS-Marquette released a statement regarding the report:
“Delivering safe, high-quality care is U.P. Health System – Marquette’s top priority. We take all concerns regarding patient safety very seriously, and we have worked to ensure that our staff have many ways to share ideas, voice concerns and ask questions. In fact, the forms the Michigan Nurses Association is delivering to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services [Thursday] were part of an initiative to expand the ways we collect feedback from our nurses. We carefully review and work to address any issue raised as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
"These forms were intended to serve as a constructive tool to generate conversation and collaboration, and we are disappointed that the union has opted to leverage them in this way while we are negotiating a new contract that better meets the needs of our staff, our community and our hospital. We welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss these concerns with the MNA, our nursing staff or anyone in our community.”
To view the entire report or read the Michigan Nurses Associated press release, visit the Related Documents section of this story.
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