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Funding health care has becoming a national issue with the implementation of President Obama's health care plan; but the timing is a coincidence.
Tuesday, dozens of nurses and health care workers picked up their signs and bullhorns and took their argument to the streets outside Deaconess Hospital in Spokane and Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley: "put patient care first and restore safe staffing levels."
Registered Nurse and Service Employees International Union member Angela Crigger was among them. She told KHQ the hospital ratio used to be one nurse to four or five patients, but now it's one to six. While that may not sound like a huge change, she says the effect is compounded because aides and support staff have been cut on top of that.
"Now some days we don't have an aid, we don't have secretaries to answer the phone, sometimes there are two nurses on the entire floor," Crigger explained.
She went to Olympia to testify before the Health Care and Wellness committee a few months ago and also says hospital officials are violating Washington law (RCW 70.41.420) by not going through the safe-staffing committee when making ratio adjustments.
Also at Tuesday's picket was Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart. He told KHQ he recently met with a few doctors when one told him, "I hate sending my patients to Valley Hospital because of all the cuts they've had."
"That's what you have when you have a for-profit system, you continually cut back in order to make profits, but patients suffer when that happens, when we cut nurses on the front lines," Stuckart added.
Hospital administrators provided this written statement in response to the picketing:
"Deaconess Hospital is operating as usual today and our top priority is the care and safety of our patients, employees and visitors. All inpatient, outpatient and emergency services are available and all surgeries and diagnostic procedures are continuing as scheduled."
The two sides are scheduled to come together again tomorrow for collective bargaining.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 1:05 AM EST2013-12-11 06:05:12 GMT
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Friends of a Montana woman on trial for the death of her new husband say she showed little emotion when she located his body in Glacier National Park.More >>
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Friends of a Montana woman on trial for the death of her new husband say she showed little emotion when she located his body in Glacier National Park days after his July 7 disappearance.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:30 PM EST2013-12-11 03:30:19 GMT
A man who has already endured more than most is facing a new challenge.More >>
A man who has already endured more than most is facing a new challenge. Over the weekend, James VanCuren's snow tires were stolen from outside his garage before being installed on his truck. "I'm not taking the pass this time of year with bald tires," said VanCuren.More >>
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. That's how several people who live in Otis Orchards feel after vandals damaged or destroyed thousands of dollars of Christmas decorations. "When I came out with my daughter I saw the [inflatables] laying down and I came out and checked 'em," Ron Cafaro told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:39 PM EST2013-12-11 02:39:26 GMT
Monday night, the Spokane city council voted 6-0 to bring back the boot for habitual parking offenders. More >>
Monday night, the Spokane city council voted 6-0 to bring back the boot for habitual parking offenders. The city has not used the boot since the 1980's. The city says in the past ten years there have been more than 4 million dollars in unpaid parking tickets equaling around 90,000 unpaid tickets. The city says it aims to crack down on habitual offenders in the future.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:29 PM EST2013-12-11 02:29:21 GMT
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK.More >>
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK. KNDO says police confirmed Tuesday that the mother of Elizabeth Romero spoke with her daughter by phone and the girl said she is in Jalisco, Mexico.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:17 PM EST2013-12-11 02:17:34 GMT
In the winter season the risk of car prowling and vehicle thefts continues.More >>
In the winter season the risk of car prowling and vehicle thefts continues. Spokane Police Crime Analysts say if you become a victim of a car prowling you are looking at $300-500 to fix a window and if the thief steals a credit card they estimate that you could take a loss of $500-1000 per card.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:58 PM EST2013-12-11 01:58:19 GMT
Prosecutors in Bonner County tell KHQ that a jury found Brianna Knapp guilty Tuesday of Fleeing the Scene of a Fatal Crash.More >>
Prosecutors in Bonner County tell KHQ that a jury found Brianna Knapp guilty Tuesday of Fleeing the Scene of a Fatal Crash. Knapp was driving a car that struck off-duty Spokane Police Officer Kurt Henson's motorcycle in Bonner County back in 2012. Henson died in the crash and his passenger was seriously injured.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:30 PM EST2013-12-11 00:30:21 GMT
Production got underway at Zome Design in Spokane Valley for the official Washington State Cougar New Mexico Bowl shirt.More >>
Production got underway at Zome Design in Spokane Valley for the official Washington State Cougar New Mexico Bowl shirt. It's a very particular process to get the shirts complete as the school colors have to be exactly right. Once the production got underway they are able to produce 300 to 500 shirts per hour.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:22 PM EST2013-12-11 00:22:43 GMT
The Principal of Priest River Elementary says that school will be in session on Wednesday. The school was closed Monday and Tuesday after the boiler failed.More >>
The Principal of Priest River Elementary says that school will be in session on Wednesday. The school was closed Monday and Tuesday after the boiler failed. The principal says they have electric heat in the main building and Kindergarten through 4th grade will have normal classes.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 5:00 PM EST2013-12-10 22:00:52 GMT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in Washington.More >>
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in Washington.The state Liquor Control Board says it has received 1,696 applications from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law. The application window opened Nov. 18, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on Dec. 20.More >>