David Magnus Ph.D. ’89 is the director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and the co-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Stanford Hospital.
An assistant research director for union SEIU – United Healthcare Workers West argues that “the objective data raise serious concerns about the quality of care at Stanford Health Care.”
After a barrage of accusations that Stanford’s recently-acquired ValleyCare Medical Center is a poor work environment — including allegations of worker intimidation, bribery and patient endangerment — the hospital’s nurses have taken matters into their own hands and unionized.
As part of a campaign by a branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an advertisement criticizing the Stanford Health Care (SHC) system is currently being broadcast on radio stations across the Bay Area. The ad primarily discusses above-average rates of patient infection at Stanford Hospital, although the larger campaign also addresses working conditions at the Hospital.
East Palo Alto Mayor Ruben Abrica, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa and local healthcare workers gathered on Saturday at the Palo Alto Downtown Library to collect signatures for a ballot initiative that would cap Stanford Hospital bills to 15% above the cost of treatment, plus quality improvement costs.
On Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) examined an initiative to regulate the profit margins of the Stanford Hospital. The Council also discussed the disabilities community on campus and graduate student housing issues related to the General Use Permit.
Union supporters and hospital workers protest Stanford Health Care’s employee treatment in the midst of growing hospital-acquired infection rates. Meanwhile, Stanford Health Care tries to reach a settlement with the union through negotiations.