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Nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center voted 287-39 to ratify a contract Monday that raises salaries, modifies the pay scale, freezes the traditional pension plan and adds new nursing positions to critical care. The four-year contract comes after 14 months of bargaining between negotiators for the Crozer-Keystone Health System and the union representing 550 nurses at the Upland facility.
A lack of investment at the facility has been evident for some time, said Bill Cruice, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, a union that represents 155 nurses there.
“They have not been nearly as aggressive in recruiting physicians or maintaining capital plant and capital equipment for four years now,” Cruice said. “We’ve been concerned about that for some time.”
“(We) hope that it will enable the nurses, as direct caregivers, to give patients the care they deserve,” said Shannan Giambrone, RN an ICU nurse who has worked at Mercy Suburban for 15 years.