Staff saluted for strong work with patients during pandemic
CHA Cambridge and CHA Everett Hospitals have both received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing their achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety, is the only hospital rating program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. “Our ‘A’ grade reflects an organizational focus on quality and safety that is driven by our staff’s strong commitment to both our patients and standardized best practices for safety,” said Assaad Sayah, MD, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance.
Picket CHA hospitals in contract dispute centered on patient safety, cuts in sick time
By JOSH RESNEK
Cambridge Health Alliance, the owner of the former Whidden Hospital, is refusing to agree to patient safety improvements and is cutting sick time benefits in a general devaluation of nursing efforts according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
Protests were held out front of three Cambridge Alliance Hospital this week, including the former Whidden Hospital, where nurses and healthcare professionals held informational picketing.
Attention was called to CHA executives allegedly turning their backs on front line healthcare workers.
Instead of honoring the dedication and sacrifices made by nurses and health professionals during the pandemic, the CHA is opting to drag out lengthy and unfair contract negotiations that ignore needed improvements to staffing, pay, and benefits, the MNA claims.
“Despite our critical contributions to our patients and community during the pandemic and beyond, CHA management refuses to treat Everett Hospital healthcare professionals equally,” said Sharen Froilan RN, and Co-chair of the MNA Bargaining Committee at Everett Hospital. “Reaching a fair contract with CHA will mean Everett Hospital nurses and healthcare professionals receive the support we need and deserve as we care for our community.”
CHA Everett reports new cases, more free test sites available
By JOSH RESNEK
The former Whidden Hospital reported late last week that its beds were again filling with COVID-19 patients, that at least ten new patients suffering from the virus are now struggling with its effects at the hospital.
Hospital officials also reported that at least three new serious cases of the virus had caused those individuals to be put into intensive care.
This has put a strain on hospital services as those with COVID-19 require intensive treatment and full time monitoring by doctors and nurses.
This has put a strain on hospital services as those with
COVID-19 require intensive treatment and full time monitoring by doctors and nurses.
Despite Massachusetts achieving one of the lowest rates of infection in the nation, Everett’s infection rate has stood above the state’s 2% ceiling for many weeks and in recent weeks was closer to 5% although the number appears to be fluctuating.
Councilor Michael McLaughlin was able to coordinate bringing respiratory mask to the front line for our healthcare workers at Cambridge Health Alliance Everett Hospital this past week. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of business leaders like Everett Home Depot store manager Steve Radzikowski and GTA Co, Inc. owner Greg Antonelli, 200 respiratory mask went directly to the nurses and doctors in our community.