Nurses at HCA’s Mission Health vote to unionize

Mission Health, which was acquired by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare in 2019, is a seven-hospital health system with more than 12,000 workers. Its service area covers 18 counties in Western North Carolina.

The union also reportedly called the election the largest union victory at a hospital in the southern part of the U.S. since 1975.

Moving forward, Ms. Lindell stated, the hospital will take a look at the election process and how the election was carried out..

Kelly Gooch –
Thursday, September 17th, 2020

In a statement shared with Beckers Hospital Review, Nancy Lindell, spokesperson for Mission Health/HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division, stated Mission Health is grateful for nurses work and commitment throughout the pandemic, and appreciates their right to decide whether to unionize.

In a union press release pointed out by the publication, Mission nurse Lesley Bruce said: “Were all delighted that weve lastly won. This triumph indicates we can utilize our collective voice to advocate for patient safety and much safer staffing. I cant wait to see what improvement well win together.”.

Ballots were sent to nurses Aug. 18, and National Labor Relations Board authorities began counting votes on Sept. 16 in the secret-ballot election.

As soon as the NLRB certifies the election, HCA and NNU will work out an agreement covering around 1,600 signed up nurses at Mission Hospital and the St. Joseph campus in Asheville, according to the Citizen Times.

Nurses at HCA Healthcares Mission Health system in Asheville, N.C., have actually voted to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the Citizen Times reported.

In a union news release cited by the publication, Mission nurse Lesley Bruce said: “Were all delighted that weve finally won. This success indicates we can use our collective voice to promote for patient safety and safer staffing. I cant wait to see what enhancement well win together.”.

The vote comes months after nurses petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a union election in March.

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” The NLRBs procedure permits both parties time to review the election and the conduct of the celebrations prior to the election; the hospital might make use of that process to ensure that all of our nurses had the reasonable election that they deserve,” she added.

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” We value our nurses and the remarkable care they supply. We will continue to focus on our mission to care for the communities of Western North Carolina,” her statement says.

After votes were counted, NLRB agent Ingrid Jenkins revealed 965 votes in favor of unionization and 411 votes against it, according to the Citizen Times. One hundred ballots were challenged.