Source: Levi Hill, Silver City Sun-News (NM), November 23, 2005
It’s official. Fort Bayard Medical Center will be under private management on Feb. 1. The announcement was made Tuesday at Fort Bayard in a joint news conference with GEO Care Inc. and the New Mexico Department of Health. Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham and GEO President Jorge Dominicis shook hands on the signing of a short-term contract and discussed with the public what the contract means for the aging facility. …… Representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) attended the conference. The union representatives have been vocal in comments about the changes occurring at Fort Bayard. Joe Chavez, president of the local 3973, said the union is still waiting to see what becomes of the changes.
Source: MICHAEL ROTHFELD, NY Newsday, November 29, 2005
Nassau University Medical Center officials yesterday announced plans to replace nearly all their veteran emergency room doctors within six months, saying the physicians’ training and credentials are not up to today’s standards. Union leaders who represent the doctors immediately accused administrators of violating a deal to forgo layoffs at the public hospital in East Meadow. They said the firings are the first step in an effort to privatize the emergency room. The hospital entered into an affiliation agreement with the nonprofit North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in the summer. Jerry Laricchiuta, president of the Civil Service Employees Association Local 830, said he believes North Shore will eventually take over operating the hospital. “They monopolize health care on Long Island and in Nassau County,” he said.