Proficiently Delivered; Crittenton Hospital Medical Center And RN's Reach Innovative Agreement

ROCHESTER, Mich., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered Nurses at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, a Rochester/Rochester Hills, Michigan comprehensive health care system, represented by OPEIU Local 40, AFL-CIO, CLC, have overwhelmingly approved a new labor agreement through 2007. In a ratification vote held January 25, 2005, the Medical Center Registered Nurses voted 9 to 1 to support the agreement worked out between the Medical Center and the Union.

Medical Center Registered Nurses are extremely upbeat about the new agreement which was achieved through cooperation between the Medical Center and the Union in a balanced approach to the bargaining process, and with no interruption in the delivery of quality health care at the Medical Center. Quality patient care was enhanced while at the same time preserving a core competitive package of wages and benefits for Registered Nurses.

The new agreement contains compounded wage improvements of more that 17% over the life of the contract, increases in shift, weekend, and on-call premiums as well as additional compensation for voluntary overtime and controlled increases in employee-paid health care premiums. The financial terms of the agreement will maintain a market based and highly competitive package of wages and benefits for Nurses.

The agreement also includes an innovative year-end bonus opportunity for Registered Nurses based upon patient satisfaction scores. Numerous other language items were agreed upon in furtherance of the Medical Center's and the Union's mutual goal of providing quality health care, proficiently delivered.

The parties agreed on the importance of patient care standards and have established a Nursing Practice Committee to provide Nurses an interactive involvement in the review of patient care standards and Nursing practice standards.

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is a 290 bed full service facility located in Rochester, MI. For more information please visit our web site @ http://www.crittenton.com/ .

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

CONTACT: Mike Clark of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center,+1-248-652-5997

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