A group of employees plan to take the petition to CEO Sherrie Sitarik on Tuesday morning, and ask her to not implement the cuts, and to assure they can organize without repercussions. To combat employees’ efforts to unionize, Sitarik has been making the rounds through the eight-hospital system, which includes Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, workers report. Orlando Health has nearly 16,000 workers, and is the fifth-largest employer in Central Florida. On Wednesday night, employees received an internal email from administration containing the health system’s position on unions, which said: “We believe that our ability to meet patient care needs, provide quality service, and create a positive and just work environment is best achieved by maintaining a direct working relationship with team members, rather than by working through a third party such as a labor union.” Sitarik has become increasingly unpopular among rank and file employees, particularly after she took a trip to Bermuda in July, paid for by a health organization she works with. Workers also have criticized her decision to spend hospital resources on an outside consulting firm in search of ways to cut costs. The hospital confirmed it hired the management consulting firm Deloitte to help the nonprofit “identify opportunities to become more efficient and deliver health care in more affordable ways,” said Morales.
Health, education, legal and religious groups collaborate in support of Detroit
The expertise and compassionate health care provided by the collaborating partners will enhance access to quality health and wellness services for Brightmoor residents.” Brightmoor is a four-square mile area in northwest Detroit defined by the Brightmoor Alliance as being bordered by Puritan Road to the north, the CSX railway to the south, Evergreen Road to the east and Telegraph Road to the west.Brightmoor was created as a planned community of inexpensive housing for migrants in the early 1920s. Most of the residents worked in the automobile industry. Over decades, it has been transformed from a thriving working-class neighborhood to one of abandoned homes and businesses. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 50 percent of its 12,836 residents have incomes below $25,000 annually and one-third live below $15,000. Brightmoor has Detroit’s highest child poverty rate. Brightmoor children have the highest number of emergency room visits for asthma-related complications in the Detroit metropolitan area. The collaborative’s first health fair runs from Aug. 27-30; the next fair will take url place in November.