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ENGLEWOOD HOSPITAL AND NURSES' UNION COMPLETE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS EARLY

Agreement Reached Two Weeks in Advance of Contract Expiration Date

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ - May 17, 2012) Registered nurses at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center ratified a new three-year contract on Wednesday evening. Highlights of the new agreement, which resulted from vigorous bargaining between the Medical Center and the Union representing the nurses, include a 2% wage increase for each contract year, which begins on June 1, 2012 and expires on May 31, 2015.

To satisfy a key goal of the Medical Center, the union membership agreed to "freeze" the nurses' Defined Benefit Pension Plan as of December 31, 2012. Eligible nurses will keep all benefits accrued under the pension through December 31, 2012, but will enter the Medical Center's Defined Contribution Retirement Plan beginning next year. In return, the Medical Center will provide eligible nurses with a "pension transition contribution" to the Defined Contribution Plan equal to 1% of base salary for each of the three years of the contract.

"We are very satisfied with the agreement," commented Douglas A. Duchak, President and CEO, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, "and we are appreciative of the way the committee worked with us to arrive at an early settlement that is fair for the nurses and also helps our Medical Center continue its focus on patient care as a priority while keeping the hospital financially strong in a changing healthcare environment."

The new agreement – finalized more than two weeks before the current contract expires – eliminates the possibility of a labor dispute, and conserves resources that might have otherwise been consumed by preparations to prevent interruption of patient care.

"I would like to thank our nurses, bargaining team, doctors, clinical and non-clinical staff, and volunteers for putting patients first," added Duchak. "I believe this positive result sets a great tone for the next three years and beyond."

 

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.