Almost 700 health care workers sign petition expressing concerns about Essentia acquisition of CHI facilities


Almost 700 nurses and well being care staff have filed a petition with Essentia to specific considerations about Essentia Well being’s takeover of CommonSpirit’s Catholic Well being Initiatives (CHI) hospitals.

In line with a information launch from the Minnesota Nurses Affiliation, well being care staff at Essentia and CHI fear that the acquisition will end in much less entry to affected person care. The well being techniques signed a letter of intent in early January for Essentia to amass 17 CommonSpirit amenities in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Essentia partnered with Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake final summer season, which registered nurse Tristin Eastvold believes harm the standard of care the hospital supplies.

“Ever because the takeover, we’ve misplaced quite a few workers, inflicting shortages in how we take care of sufferers,” Eastvold stated within the MNA launch. “We don’t need CHI’s hospitals and clinics to put off staff, lower the companies they provide or shut totally.”

MNA members who’ve signed the petition work at each CHI and Essentia amenities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Essentia Well being launched the next assertion in response to the petition:

“In January, Essentia Well being and CommonSpirit Well being signed a Letter of Intent for CommonSpirit-owned amenities working underneath the CHI model in North Dakota and Minnesota to hitch Essentia. We proceed to barter as this was step one in reaching a proper settlement to switch possession of those amenities.
“Essentia acknowledges the essential position that well being care performs within the autonomy and vibrancy of rural communities. This, together with our dedication to offering high-quality care, will assist make sure the long-term success of those amenities ought to an settlement transfer ahead. This may strengthen these communities by benefiting each our sufferers and workers.”

Nurses will additional talk about their considerations and plans for subsequent steps at a information convention Thursday morning. MNA members, together with Eastvold and Chris Rubesch, a registered nurse at Essentia-St. Mary’s Medical Middle in Duluth, will converse.


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