WORCESTER (CBS) – St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester on Monday reopened a dozen inpatient behavioral health beds. Beds had been closed since August due to staff issues caused by the long nurses’ strike.
The nurses’ union and the hospital’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, have reached a tentative deal with a vote on the deal slated for next week. The current strike is the longest strike by nurses in Massachusetts history.
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The beds that reopened on Monday represent 60% of the psychiatric inpatient capacity at Saint-Vincent hospital.
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“We owe a debt of gratitude to our behavioral health nurses and mental health counselors for serving emergency department patients over the past several months,” Saint Vincent CEO Carolyn Jackson said in a statement. . “We know they can’t wait to return to their nursing unit and that our patients will benefit from their compassionate care. “
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The hospital expects to reopen even more beds if the contract is ratified and the striking nurses return to work.