PHILADELPHIA, March 31 A strike of Temple University Hospital commenced this morning at 7:00 a.m. by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals (PASNAP), the union that represents the Hospital's nurses and allied-health professionals.
Following the work stoppage, Temple University Hospital invited its striking employees to return to work subject to the terms set forth in the Hospital's Last, Best and Final Offer. All affected employees who accept the offer will end their participation in the strike and resume work, as scheduled by their respective departments.
Meanwhile, Temple University Hospital remains open and fully operational. The Hospital has implemented its Continuing Operations Plan to ensure the delivery of uninterrupted care to all its patients. As part of that plan, Temple's 400 physicians are continuing to direct patient care, and they are being ably assisted by the 3,000 other Hospital employees who are not members of PASNAP, as well as fully qualified, licensed and credentialed temporary nurses and allied-health professionals who are replacing striking employees.
"Our commitment to quality, safe patient care is our highest priority, and we will honor the stewardship we have to our patients by continuing to meet their healthcare needs," said Sandy Gomberg, RN, MSN, Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Hospital. "We will remain open and continue to provide the full array of services our patients have come to expect."
"We will also continue to make ourselves available to meet with union officials in order to achieve a ratified agreement and be able to put this labor dispute behind us," added Gomberg.
SOURCE Temple University Hospital