Crozer-Chester nurses plan walkout

Nurses at a Southeastern Pennsylvania hospital have announced plans for a two-day walkout later this month.

The Crozer-Chester Nurses Association has given official notice of a walkout from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, the Delaware County Daily Times reported Thursday.

The union represents nearly 600 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The two sides have been negotiating since April.

Health system officials say they are concerned about the institution’s financial health, citing a $32 million loss during the last fiscal year due to declining reimbursements and patient volume.

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Members are concerned about safe staffing levels, citing anecdotes of patients waiting for hours to be transported to various units, the union said. Crozer officials say staffing levels rank above average and, in many cases, in the top third of hospitals.

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