St. Charles and Nurses Come to Tentative Contract Agreement

After 26 negotiation sessions, and one that lasted into the early hours of the morning, St. Charles Health Systems and the Oregon Nurses Association have come to a tentative agreement. Nurses at St. Charles have been working without a contract since June 2018 due to concerns from nurses about benefits for union members as well as concerns over staffing practices and patient safety at St. Charles in Bend.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more on the agreement that was reached over the weekend.

St. Charles Nurses Organize Picket

Nurses from St. Charles Bend have voted to authorize an informational picket of the hospital later this month if on-going mediation efforts are not successful. Local nurses have been working without a contract for over seven months due to disagreements with St. Charles over patient care and a “chronic” staffing problem.

Nurses File Suit Over Alleged Intimidation by Hospital Staff

Three nurses from St. Charles Bend filed lawsuits against the hospital, alleging that hospital staff were intimidating and unfairly disciplining nurses. The three nurses allege that they have been unfairly targeted after raising questions about nurse staff and patient safety issues. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

St. Charles Removes Gender from Patient ID Bracelets

In an effort to be more inclusive for their transgender patients St. Charles Health System has removed gender from the ID bracelets worn by patients. The move is a win for transgender activists and allies and comes during transgender awareness month.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

St Charles to Close Redmond Birthing Center

After months of discussion, and despite public outcry, St. Charles Health System has announced that birthing services will no longer be available in Redmond. St. Charles says the decision was made because the labor unit in Redmond was consistently less than half full – but community members and nurses are concerned what the decision could mean for mothers who will now have to travel to Bend to give birth.
 
The health center in Redmond will continue to supply pre- and post-natal services, but the birthing center will shut its doors next summer.

Redmond City Council Hopes to Keep Birthing Center Open

The Redmond City Council is discussing a resolution tonight that would encourage St. Charles to keep the birthing center at its Redmond facility open. The potential closing of the birthing center has become a hot button issue for medical professionals and community members, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

Officials Still Weighing Options for Redmond Birthing Center

For 10 months the fate of the Redmond Birthing Center has been the topic of discussion for a task force, which has now presenting three options to the St. Charles board of directors. One of those options would mean closing delivery services at the Redmond location, an idea that local nurses opposed.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

Threat Prompts Precautions at St. Charles

Officials Increase Security After Threat From ER Patient

There was an increase of security patrols at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend on Thursday due to a threat made about a month ago by a patient in the ER. St. Charles safety department and police interviewed the man who made the threat for March 8th. They did not believe the person posed any risks, but he does have a 60-day no trespass order.

However, with security and hospital staff on high alert, a staff member did report a suspicious package at a bus stop outside of the hospital. The box was checked out by security staff and turned out to be a thermometer for concrete that was being poured as part of an ongoing construction project.

There was also a small dumpster fire reported at the hospital on Thursday, but according to St. Charles staff, that was put out within about ten minutes. Bend Fire happened to be at the hospital for unrelated reasons, which allowed to respond within minutes.