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Kaiser nurses arrive with petition

Hospital officials say nurses giving misinformation

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POSTED October 16, 2013 7:48 p.m.

They came with a petition of more than 400 signatures to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.

Nurses and members of Manteca hospital continued their efforts Wednesday to bring back services cut earlier this year.

The group led by the California Nurses Association – support also came from folks attending a weekend community forum, including many seniors from Woodbridge-Del Webb – requested that Kaiser re-open the 17-bed third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room.

Furthermore, they asked that Kaiser stops denying admission to patients in need of longer term recovery, specifically, the second floor sub-acute unit.

According to Amy Glass, a Manteca resident who happens to work in the intensive care unit at Kaiser-Modesto, these cuts to patient services took place this year.

“Our turnout was fabulous,” said Glass, who was somewhat disappointed at the absence of a high-ranking hospital official during the delivery of the petition.

Corwin Harper, vice president and area manager representing Central Valley Area Kaiser, said in a statement that the community may be receiving misleading and inaccurate information from CNA, the nurses union.

“This is causing unnecessary alarm and confusion, especially among senior citizens,” he said.

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