WBEZ | Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center http://www.wbez.org/tags/jackson-park-hospital-and-medical-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Loretto Hospital registered nurses vote to unionize http://www.wbez.org/news/loretto-hospital-registered-nurses-vote-unionize-99670 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/LorettoHospital2.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 248px; height: 328px;" title="The balloting enables the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to negotiate for 144 RNs at the hospital’s main facility, 645 S. Central Ave. (Flickr/Zol87)" /></div><p><em>Updated June 6, 2012, to include hospital management comments.</em></p><p>A union that has been trying for a decade to gain a foothold among hospital nurses in Chicago has won an election to represent 144 of them in the Austin neighborhood.<br /><br />Registered nurses at Loretto Hospital voted 80-37 to bring in Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The two-day vote, which ended Saturday, allows AFSCME to negotiate the pay, benefits and work conditions of RNs at the hospital&rsquo;s main facility, 645 S. Central Ave.<br /><br />&ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t have happy nurses, you don&rsquo;t have happy patients,&rdquo; said Kora Fields, an RN in the hospital&rsquo;s behavioral health unit who says she voted for the union.<br /><br />&ldquo;I live in the Austin area,&rdquo; Fields said. &ldquo;I grew up in the Austin area. My family comes to this hospital. My friends are treated here. I do love Loretto Hospital. But there needs to be increases in wages and we need to be respected as the professionals that we are.&rdquo;<br /><br />An AFSCME statement says pro-union nurses defied an &ldquo;aggressive anti-union campaign&rdquo; by Loretto management. The statement praises the nurses for their &ldquo;unwavering determination to improve patient care and ensure fair treatment on the job.&rdquo;<br /><br />Loretto spokesman Jim Waller called the hospital&rsquo;s nurse wages &ldquo;competitive for the marketplace&rdquo; and denied that management campaigned against AFSCME. &ldquo;We were just being clear what being in a union is and that what&rsquo;s paramount to us is patient safety,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />Loretto, a 187-bed nonprofit facility, has helped lead an effort this year to exempt Illinois safety-net hospitals from proposed state Medicaid payment cuts.<br /><br />The vote, supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, makes Loretto the second Chicago hospital whose registered nurses have unionized this year. In January, National Nurses United won an election to represent 150 at the South Side&rsquo;s Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center.<br /><br />Until the Jackson Park election, unions had made little progress in Chicago-area hospitals except those owned by university and government entities.</p><p>The Loretto vote marks a rebound for AFSCME, which lost a bruising election battle last summer at the Northwest Side&rsquo;s Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. RNs at that hospital voted against AFSCME after more than eight years of campaigning by the union.</p></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 16:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/loretto-hospital-registered-nurses-vote-unionize-99670 Breastfeeding disparities sharp in Chicago-area hospitals http://www.wbez.org/story/baby-formula/breast-feeding-disparities-sharp-chicago-area-hospitals <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-11/98032155.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New figures show a wide disparity among Chicago-area hospitals when it comes to promoting breastfeeding.</p><p>The Illinois Department of Public Health compiled birth-certificate data about breastfeeding for the first nine months of last year. WBEZ compared the 49 hospitals (see below) that deliver babies in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.</p><p>Three hospitals on Chicago’s South Side got fewer than 15 percent of newborns to breastfeed by the time they went home. On the North Side, Swedish Covenant got almost 98 percent of newborns to breast-feed.</p><p>Rachel Abramson, executive director of Chicago-based HealthConnect One, explains how the successful hospitals do it. “They begin breastfeeding within an hour after delivery,” says Abramson, whose group promotes maternal and child health.</p><p>“They give the infant only breast milk in the hospital, no bottles of formula or sugar water,” she adds. “They do not give pacifiers. And they give no gift packs — formula samples — to the mothers when they leave the hospital.”</p><p>Breastfeeding helps babies and mothers avoid chronic diseases.</p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th style="text-align: left;"><p>&nbsp; HOSPITAL (CITY)</p></th><th style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;NEWBORNS<br>&nbsp;BREASTFEEDING<br>&nbsp;UPON DISCHARGE&nbsp;&nbsp;</th></tr><tr><td>Swedish Covenant Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>97.84%</td></tr><tr><td>Norwegian American Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>96.89%</td></tr><tr><td>Northwest Community Hospital (Arlington Heights)</td><td>96.44%</td></tr><tr><td>Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield)</td><td>95.93%</td></tr><tr><td>Alexian Brothers Medical Center (Elk Grove Village)</td><td>91.57%</td></tr><tr><td>Adventist Hinsdale Hospital (Hinsdale)</td><td>89.96%</td></tr><tr><td>Edward Hospital (Naperville)</td><td>89.58%</td></tr><tr><td>Delnor-community Hospital (Geneva)</td><td>87.93%</td></tr><tr><td>St. Alexius Medical Center (Hoffman Estates)</td><td>87.89%</td></tr><tr><td>Sherman Hospital (Elgin)</td><td>87.67%</td></tr><tr><td>Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove)</td><td>87.57%</td></tr><tr><td>Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Elmhurst)</td><td>86.93%</td></tr><tr><td>Resurrection Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>85.14%</td></tr><tr><td>St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>82.94%</td></tr><tr><td>Rush-Copley Medical Center (Aurora)</td><td>82.43%</td></tr><tr><td>Evanston Hosp. Northshore Univ. Health System (Evanston)</td><td>82.05%</td></tr><tr><td>Palos Community Hospital (Palos Heights)</td><td>79.09%</td></tr><tr><td>Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn)</td><td>78.59%</td></tr><tr><td>Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (Melrose Park)</td><td>78.14%</td></tr><tr><td>Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital (La Grange)</td><td>77.80%</td></tr><tr><td>Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>74.86%</td></tr><tr><td>Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>72.89%</td></tr><tr><td>Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>70.96%</td></tr><tr><td>St. Joseph Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>70.32%</td></tr><tr><td>Provena Mercy Medical Center (Aurora)</td><td>70.19%</td></tr><tr><td>Westlake Hospital (Melrose Park)</td><td>68.18%</td></tr><tr><td>Mercy Hospital and Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>67.37%</td></tr><tr><td>Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)</td><td>66.98%</td></tr><tr><td>MacNeal Hospital (Berwyn)</td><td>66.93%</td></tr><tr><td>St. James Hospital and Health Centers (Chicago Heights)</td><td>65.36%</td></tr><tr><td>University of Illinois Medical Center-Chicago (Chicago)</td><td>64.98%</td></tr><tr><td>Little Company of Mary Hospital (Evergreen Park)</td><td>63.20%</td></tr><tr><td>Advocate South Suburban Hospital (Hazel Crest)</td><td>62.46%</td></tr><tr><td>University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>61.08%</td></tr><tr><td>Advocate Trinity Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>59.10%</td></tr><tr><td>West Suburban Medical Center (Oak Park)</td><td>58.66%</td></tr><tr><td>John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>58.49%</td></tr><tr><td>Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood)</td><td>57.49%</td></tr><tr><td>Adventist GlenOaks Hospital (Glendale Heights)</td><td>54.86%</td></tr><tr><td>St. Francis Hospital (Evanston)</td><td>54.36%</td></tr><tr><td>Mount Sinai Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>51.57%</td></tr><tr><td>Metro South Medical Center (Blue Island)</td><td>45.03%</td></tr><tr><td>Provident Hospital of Cook County (Chicago)</td><td>39.17%</td></tr><tr><td>Ingalls Memorial Hospital (Harvey)</td><td>30.51%</td></tr><tr><td>St. Bernard Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>25.60%</td></tr><tr><td>St. Anthony Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>19.73%</td></tr><tr><td>Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center (Chicago)</td><td>14.29%</td></tr><tr><td>Roseland Community Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>13.43%</td></tr><tr><td>Holy Cross Hospital (Chicago)</td><td>10.20%</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: WBEZ analysis of January-September 2010 birth-certificate data compiled by the Illinois Department of Public Health for the “Illinois Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care.”</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/baby-formula/breast-feeding-disparities-sharp-chicago-area-hospitals