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California - Nurses Win Grant to Improve Health Care

The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP/AFSCME) has won a $60,000 federal grant to improve patient care at Riverside’s Parkview Community Hospital and Medical Center.

Riverside, California

The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP/AFSCME) has won a $60,000 federal grant to improve patient care at Riverside’s Parkview Community Hospital and Medical Center.

The union, which represents approximately 250 registered nurses at the Southern California hospital, will work with the facility’s Registered Nurse Advisory Committee (RNAC) to develop a customer service program intended to bring together patients, employees and physicians. Their goal: determine the best way to provide health care services.

The union says the grant, from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), should help foster “positive and effective labor-management communication and cooperation.”

“FMCS played an important role in getting us to our first union contract and continues to extend its support to ensure that we have a strong voice for patient care in the workplace as we work together with management to make Parkview better,” says Penny Brown, RN, president of the Parkview Registered Nurses Association.

“Health care facilities that truly seek to provide the highest quality of patient care utilize all of the resources at their disposal, including their staff,” says Kathy J. Sackman, RN, president of UNAC/UHCP/AFSCME and an AFSCME International vice president. “The FMCS grant will help create an amicable working environment that will contribute to moving Parkview forward in a positive direction toward providing high-quality patient care.”

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