Ten HCA hospitals unionize in Florida

Abraham Aboraya, Nashville Business Journal, May 7, 2012 More than 3,000 nurses are ten HCA-owned hospitals in Florida have unionized. Ten Florida hospitals owned by HCA Holdings Inc. have unionized, according to the National Nurses Union (sic). The agreement affects 3,100 registered nurses in the state at hospitals owned by Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA. Key components of the contract include:

  • Professional practice committees made up of nurses at each of the hospitals that will make recommendations on workplace safety and technology.
  • A pay ladder, called the equitable wage step and grade system, based on experience.
  • Defined staffing ratios of nurses to patients based on severity of patient illness and stage of recovery.

Missing from the agreement was a defined pension and retirement plan, which officials didn't expect to be resolved in the first contract. In January 2011, it was reported that HCA was allowing two powerful health care unions - the Service Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association - to organize workers at 20 HCA hospitals in Florida, Texas, Missouri and Nevada. The ten recently unionized hospitals owned by HCA in Florida are: Central Florida Regional Hospital, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Largo Medical Center, Saint Petersburg General Hospital, Trinity Medical Center, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Northside Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital and Blake Medical Center. Chris Silva contributed to this report.