Nurses will further discuss their concerns and plans for next steps at a news conference Thursday morning. MNA members, including Eastvold and Chris Rubesch, a registered nurse at Essentia-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, will speak. “In January, Essentia Health and CommonSpirit Health signed a Letter of Intent for CommonSpirit-owned facilities operating under the CHI brand in North Dakota and Minnesota to join Essentia. We continue to negotiate as this was the first step in reaching a formal agreement to transfer ownership of these facilities.”Essentia recognizes the important role that health care plays in the autonomy and vibrancy of rural communities. This, along with our commitment to providing high-quality care, will help ensure the long-term success of these facilities should an agreement move forward. This would strengthen those communities by benefiting both our patients and staff.” Source
MNA members who have signed the petition work at both CHI and Essentia facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. “Ever since the takeover, we’ve lost numerous staff, causing shortages in how we care for patients,” Eastvold said in the MNA release. “We don’t want CHI’s hospitals and clinics to lay off workers, cut the services they offer or close entirely.”
Essentia Health released the following statement in response to the petition: Essentia partnered with Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake last summer, which registered nurse Tristin Eastvold believes hurt the quality of care the hospital provides.
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