Hospital Contract Settlement Reached

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A contract settlement has been reached between caregivers and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. In late October, more than 300 caregivers went on a 72-hour strike. Management agreed to bargain again this month. A team reached a tentative agreement Thursday, and caregivers approved it. The union says the two-year contract addresses many of the … Continue reading »

Final Day of Hospital Workers Strike

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center workers were on strike for the third day Thursday. Workers picketed outside the hospital for their final day, hoping to come to some agreement with administration. They say they want management to acknowledge how valuable they are to the hospital, and these past three days have been a sacrifice. … Continue reading »

Hospital Workers Continue Strike

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Congressman Peter DeFazio stopped by the picket lines Wednesday afternoon to support McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center workers on day two of their strike. More than 150 people were out walking Wednesday in Springfield. Workers want three-year contracts, a 2.5 percent raise each year with no health care plan changes. They say they work … Continue reading »

Local Hospital Workers On Strike

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Hundreds of hospital workers are making a statement Tuesday, picketing in front of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield over failed contract negotiations. There are more than 300 workers there who say they’ve been unable to reach a contract agreement with the hospital for nearly a year. They say the hospital’s last proposal … Continue reading »

Security Breach Impacts Local Hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A security breach impacting millions of people across the country could affect some hospital patients in Springfield. Community Health Systems said hackers stole patient names, social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers. This affects McKenzie Willamette Medical Center patients who’ve received treatment in the last five years at the Heart Associations of … Continue reading »

McKenzie-Willamette to Remodel

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — In about three years, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center could look very different than it does right now. Extensive and expensive remodeling starts Friday. McKenzie-Willamette says this will be the most significant construction project to happen to the hospital in more than 30 years, and hospital staff say all the improvements are done in … Continue reading »

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Picket

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Workers from a local hospital took to the picket line Thursday, demanding better jobs and health care. In front of the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, the workers, from all parts of the hospital, say the hospital continues to post significant profits, yet recently laid off workers. They claim the hospital is … Continue reading »

Father Accused of Child Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield father is in jail after being accused of abusing his six-month-old baby. Springfield police officers say they responded to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Monday to investigate suspicious injuries to a baby. They say their investigation led them to the child’s own father. Brian Wynn, 20, was formally arraigned Wednesday afternoon at … Continue reading »

McKenzie-Willamette Chronic Wound Center

EUGENE, Ore. — The McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center opened its second chronic wound care center. It’s estimated more than 7,000 people in Lane County suffer from injuries that don’t heal. The McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers are state of the art – and they are working. Dr. Justin Montoya said, “Many of these people … Continue reading »

McKenzie-Willamette Layoffs Coming

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The new year brings bad news to employees at McKenzie-Willamette Medical center–layoffs. A hospital spokesperson says the layoffs are due to less funding from the government. On Tuesday, union workers stood outside the hospital with a message to administration: “Community Before Profits.” They say hospitals are focusing too much on making money … Continue reading »

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