MVHS and nurses union reach contract agreement

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UTICA — Officials from Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), which represents the registered nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital, have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. Other terms of the contract were not released.

NYSNA presented the details of the contract to its nursing membership who ratified the contract Monday. 

“We appreciate and highly value all of our nursing staff,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “The last two years have been very challenging and stressful and our nurses have been going above and beyond, showing great resilience and caring,” Stromstad said. “I believe this is a good contract for our nurses; it is fair and equitable, ensures that nurses are being paid competitive marketplace wages, and is sustainable for an organization like ours that primarily serves a very vulnerable population.”

“I want to thank the NYSNA leadership for their willingness to work toward a positive outcome for our nurses and the organization,” Stromstad added. 

MVHS continues to work collaboratively with the various unions representing its employees as it transitions into the Wynn Hospital, the announcement said.

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