August 18, 2021

Catholic Health, SEIU settle contracts for 175 workers

Labor contracts have been ratified at three Catholic Health sites, providing job stability for 175 workers at the $1.2 billion health system.

Workers at Sisters of Charity Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus, McAuley Residence and St. Catherine Laboure are represented by SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East.

The new labor agreements cover technicians over a four-year period for the St. Joseph workers; licensed practical nurses and services personnel at St. Catherine for one year; and service and maintenance staff at McAuley for one year. The ratification votes were held in late July.

At Catholic Health, 3,000 workers throughout the system are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) through six individual contracts that were renewed for one year last summer. Negotiations on those contracts are ongoing.

In other health care news:

• The Ride for Roswell raised more than $5 million, benefitting research and patient programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The 25th annual live event, attracted 6,000 riders and 1,500 volunteers, bringing in more than $4.9 million. A gift from West Herr Automotive Group – already a major sponsor – brought in $59,065 to push the total over the $5 million mark. That’s higher than the $3.6 million raised last year during a pandemic-induced virtual ride; but not quite as high as the record $5.7 million raised in 2019.

• Weinberg Campus launched a corporate partnership with D’Youville College to build a talent pipeline. The program provides a 10% discount for online tuition and 25% off on-campus tuition for current and prospective employees, plus their spouses and dependents earning a bachelor’s degree, certificate or select master’s degrees.

• Buffalo General Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute, part of Kaleida Health, installed an Alphenix 4D CT from Canon Medical Systems, a hybrid angiography and computer tomography system for stroke interventions. The technology was funded by the Kaleida Health Foundation with a $2.5 million gift from the John R. Oishei Foundation.

• The Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, formerly known as Waterfront Health Care Center, received state approvals to open a 16-unit chronic renal dialysis clinic inside the Seventh Street facility. The $4.4 million project, a partnership with a Bronx company, also adds training for in-home hemodialysis.

• Elderwood at Hamburg received final approvals on a $10 million renovation project, with construction to begin in October. The project is expected to be completed by April 2023.

• Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center received approvals for a $6 million renovation of its third-floor outpatient clinic space in the main hospital.


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