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PATIENT STORIES

If you’ve been a patient at Swedish Medical Center or have had a family member there, and had a negative experience, we want to hear from you.

HEALTH FOR GOOD… OR CARE FOR PROFIT?

Swedish-Providence must prioritize patient safety

Swedish Medical Center says they believe in taking care of our community inside and out. But the nurses and healthcare workers of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW believe that providing the best care in our community is no longer Swedish-Providence’s top priority. In recent years, we have seen drastic changes at Swedish-Providence, which prioritize executive pay, profits and expansion above safe, quality care for our patients.

A refusal to bargain in good faith

Nurses and healthcare workers say their units are frequently understaffed, making it difficult to provide the best care they can. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members have made urgently needed proposals to improve patient safety and ensure the best quality care. But Swedish-Providence is refusing to bargain in good faith, and this failure to do so constitutes an unfair labor practice. Withholding information and lacking transparency when discussing safe staffing impedes our ability to reach a fair agreement that prioritizes patient safety.

Let's join together for a better future

We need to join together with people from all walks of life to fight for a better future. That includes standing with those who care for us at Swedish-Providence and are fighting for safe staffing levels, fair wages that will recruit and retain, and benefits that will keep them and their families healthy.

“NONPROFIT” SWEDISH-PROVIDENCE IS ACTING MORE LIKE A “FOR-PROFIT” CORPORATION

Swedish’s parent company, Providence, pays its top 15 executives over $41 million, with routine raises and generous benefits, yet frontline workers have their benefits cut and cannot keep up with the rising cost of living.

LEARN MORE: HOW SWEDISH-PROVIDENCE IS PRIORITIZING PROFITS

Providence was founded by the Catholic Sisters of Providence and advertises a belief that health is a human right. But Providence’s actions tell another story:

  • Providence had over $24 billion in operating revenue and $11 billion in cash reserves last year.
  • 3,732 Providence employees and dependents had to rely on the state’s Medicaid program, Apple Health, last year because of Providence’s outrageous premiums, high deductibles and co-pays, and other costs.

Swedish-Providence must put patients over profits. Having better pay and benefits will mean Swedish-Providence attracts and retain experienced, professional, and familiar caregivers, rather than hiring whoever will work for the least pay.

 

Sign the petition

Make safe staffing a priority at Swedish-Providence

It’s time to raise standards at Swedish!
We believe that providing the best care in our city is no longer Swedish-Providence’s top priority. In recent years, we have seen drastic changes at Swedish-Providence, which prioritize executive pay, profits and expansion above the needs of our patients. Providence pays its top 15 executives over $41 million, with routine raises and generous benefits, yet frontline workers have their benefits cut and cannot keep up with the rising cost of living.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members have made urgently needed proposals to improve patient safety and ensure the best quality care. Having better pay and benefits will mean local hospitals attract and retain experienced, professional, and familiar caregivers, rather than hiring whoever will work for the least pay.

Swedish-Providence: We’re counting on you to make safe staffing a priority and put patients before profits.

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