Wilcox to bring in replacements if nurses strike

Lester Chang, Garden Island, June 17, 2006

Wilcox Memorial Hospital leaders are preparing to provide full nursing services at the hospital even as 140 nurses plan to go on strike on June 24 following a breakdown in contract talks.

“We have plans to bring in nurses from the Mainland and Hawai‘i,” said Ken Pierce, the hospital’s chief medical officer.

Dee Knudsen, vice president of operations and human resources, said the hospital has contracted 50 to 60 nurses to take the place of any nurses on strike, if one occurs. ... Wilcox