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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – May 24, 2024 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today celebrated the passage of key priorities for patients and healthcare workers this legislative session that will help to put patient needs before corporate greed in our healthcare system. Despite the limited scope of this session, which saw many other proposals fall by the wayside, nurses organized and mobilized to press lawmakers on the need to take action on key healthcare issues this year.
… Read more about: Nurses celebrate wins for patients and healthcare workers as 2024 legislative session ends  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org
On Monday evening, Lowry Ave. Bridge, I-35W Bridge, U.S. Bank Stadium and Allianz Field will be lit in red
(St. Paul) – May 6, 2024 – Twin Cities landmarks will be lit red tonight as National Nurses Week begins throughout the country. This evening, Monday, May 6, the Lowry Avenue Bridge and the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis; U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis; and Allianz Field in Saint Paul will be lit red in honor of Minnesota nurses.

“This Nurses Week, I urge all nurses to stand together with our patients and the public in the fight to put patient needs before corporate greed in our hospitals,” said Chris Rubesch, RN, Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) president.
… Read more about: Local landmarks to be lit red for National Nurses Week as fight continues for patient needs, not corporate greed in our hospitals  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – May 2, 2024 – On Monday, May 6, 2024, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) at North Memorial Hospital will hold a press conference outside the hospital to condemn recent cuts to services at North Memorial Hospital and clinics. Nurses are inviting community members, healthcare workers and other union members to gather and stand together against these cuts.

On March 14, North Memorial executives announced they would close the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), reduce inpatient mental health beds, and close all outpatient mental health services.
… Read more about: North Memorial nurses to denounce executives’ cuts to NICU and mental health services  »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – May 2, 2024 – Registered nurses at Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center and nurses and other healthcare workers at Essentia Solvay Hospice House announced this week that they have filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association.Workers at each of the Essentia facilities filed for election this past Friday, April 26, because they want a voice in their workplace to improve both working conditions and how care is provided to their patients.
… Read more about: Workers at two Essentia Health facilities file for union representation  »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

Nurses will work with elected commissioner to improve staff retention and patient care at public hospital  

(St. Paul) – April 24, 2024 – Nurses of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced their endorsement of Patrick Gage for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 6 ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Through a screening and endorsement process led by MNA nurses who live and work in Hennepin County, Gage stood out to nurses for his commitment to nurse and patient priorities, his strong support of labor rights, and his willingness to listen to and work with nurses to improve conditions in our hospitals.
… Read more about: Nurses endorse Patrick Gage for Hennepin County Commissioner ahead of primary  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

Forum will bring community together to envision a better future for our healthcare system 
(St. Paul) – April 22, 2024 – Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, patients and other community members will join nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), Allina physicians with the Doctors Council, and healthcare workers with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa for a town hall meeting on the devastating impacts of Allina executives’ plan to close the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and surgical services at Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus in Fridley, and to eliminate pediatric inpatient beds at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
… Read more about: Patients, healthcare providers and workers to hold community town hall on impact of Allina hospital closures  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Contact:

Sam Fettig, 612-741-0662 or Sam.Fettig@mnnurses.org

Chris Shields, 612-839-9359 or cshields@mnaflcio.org

 

On Thursday, April 11, 2024, healthcare workers and patient advocates from Minnesota AFL-CIO member unions will join together at the Minnesota State Capitol to push for passage of the HEAL (Healthcare Employee Anti-Retaliation and Labor) Act (H.F. 4200 / S.F. 4444), a bill that would provide critical protections for workers when they speak up as the last line of defense for safe patient care in our hospitals and other care settings.
… Read more about: Healthcare workers, patient advocates to assemble at State Capitol to push for protections for worker voices and safe patient care  »

CEO Jennifer DeCubellis and current Board of Directors fail to address crisis of patient care, nurse retention, and workplace violence

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

WATCH: HCMC healthcare workers speak out on the need for accountability at HHS. [Link]

(St. Paul) – April 2, 2024 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and healthcare workers from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Hennepin County Association of Paramedics and EMTs (HCAPE) today called on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners to initiate dissolution of the Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS) Board of Directors.
… Read more about: Healthcare workers call for dissolution of Hennepin Healthcare board to protect future of Hennepin County Medical Center     »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

CEO Jennifer DeCubellis and current Board of Directors put future of Hennepin County Medical Center at risk with inaction on patient care, nurse retention, and workplace violence crisis
(St. Paul) – April 1, 2024 – On Tuesday, April 2, 2024, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and other healthcare workers will hold a press conference in the atrium of the Hennepin County Government Center to call on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners to initiate dissolution of the Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS) Board of Directors.
… Read more about: Healthcare workers to call for dissolution of Hennepin Healthcare board ahead of Hennepin County Commissioners meeting  »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – March 26, 2024 – A new study released today by the Lown Institute, an independent healthcare think tank, finds that 90 percent of Minnesota nonprofit hospitals give back less to their communities than they receive in tax breaks, with Mayo Clinic singled out as among the worst offenders in the nation. This ranks Minnesota among the 10 worst states in the nation for the share of hospitals who avoid their obligations to communities, while states like Texas and Mississippi lead the nation.
… Read more about: Minnesota hospitals ranked among 10 worst in the nation for community spending  »