USC-VHH, Nurses Feel Good About Contract Deal

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Those celebrating a new contract between nurses and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital include (front row, from left) Michael Soghumians and Edgar Fortin. Back: CEO Keith Hobbs, Prem Pihlmann, Leasa Sugimura, Rose Young, Terrena Sellers-Saidi, Lorna Kelly, Anil Buyruk, Theresa Murphy and COO Kenny Pawlek.
Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Those celebrating a new contract between nurses and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital include (front row, from left) Michael Soghumians and Edgar Fortin. Back: CEO Keith Hobbs, Prem Pihlmann, Leasa Sugimura, Rose Young, Terrena Sellers-Saidi, Lorna Kelly, Anil Buyruk, Theresa Murphy and COO Kenny Pawlek.

Buoyed by a surge in positive staff feedback and a new nurses contract, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs last week shared a bold goal.
“The No. 1 reason people move to La Cañada Flintridge is for the schools, right?” Hobbs asked. “I would like to change the paradigm so that, over the period of the next couple years, the second reason why they look to move to La Cañada is their community hospital.”
That only happens, Hobbs said, with the help of nurses.
In contrast to a contentious, drawn-out negotiation two years ago, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and the California Nurses Association needed only about two months — “record time,” Hobbs called it — to come to terms on the current contract, which will take them through 2020. The deal was announced by the CNA on Dec. 29. Continue reading “USC-VHH, Nurses Feel Good About Contract Deal”