June 3, 2021
TONIGHT: Nurses prepare for 6 pm rally at Depot Park, raise concerns about leadership of Logan Health CEO Craig Lambrecht
Lambrecht unresponsive to requests to bargain as unfair labor practice strike continues
** To RSVP or to request an interview with workers, contact: Amy Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-306-2061**
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 3
6 pm: Rally for Patient Care at Depot Park—Nurses will be joined by community members, local labor allies to call on Logan Health CEO Craig Lambrecht to bring a real new day of transparency, accountability and a focus on care over profits to the Flathead Valley.
KALISPELL—When he took the job of Logan Health CEO in 2019, Craig Lambrecht promised a new day at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, as the health system worked to recover from a Medicare kickback scandal that cost the community hospital $24 million. The “new day” Lambrecht promised has included a campaign of retaliation and intimidation against union nurses; a lack of transparency; and a troubling drop in key patient care quality indicators.
Lambrecht has presided over a troubling decline in patient outcome ratings over his brief two-year tenure. In its 2021 CMS Hospital Compare report, which rates hospitals based on patient outcomes and experience, the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services downgraded Kalispell Regional Medical Center to four stars out of five. The Health Center did not report enough measures to receive a star rating, raising serious concerns about transparency and accountability to the community Logan Health serves. Multiple studies have shown an association between unsafe nurse staffing ratios and a decrease in the quality of patient care.
Logan Health management has made intensive efforts to weaken the nurses’ resolve to stand together as a union. The National Labor Relations Board found merit in the union’s unfair labor practice charge of retaliatory termination of a union nurse, and Logan Health will face trial in the summer. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW has filed a total of 15 unfair labor practice charges against Logan Health for its illegal union-busting efforts. The NLRB has found merit on the two charges related to the retaliatory termination and is still actively investigating the rest.
About SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is a union of nurses and healthcare workers with over 32,000 caregivers throughout hospitals, clinics, mental health, skilled home health and hospice programs in Washington state and western Montana. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW’s mission is to advocate for quality care and good jobs for all.