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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital partners with Blue Shield

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital recently announced the finalization of a new health insurance provider agreement with Blue Shield of California. The terms of the agreement were put into effect on Oct. 20. As a result of the new agreement, Blue Shield of California will list Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as an in-network provider for its patients. The agreement ends negotiations that have been ongoing since the end of August.

Hospitals, nurses to restart talks

Contract negotiations between the nurses and administrators at Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SH&C) and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) took a turn for the worse last month when the nurses voted to authorize a strike. A federal mediator has since requested that both parties return to the bargaining table this Thursday.

Nurses vote in favor of strike authorization

Nearly 90 percent of unionized nurses who cast ballots yesterday voted in favor of strike authorization against Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH). The Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) urged its member nurses to approve strike authorization in response to an ongoing contract dispute with the two hospitals.