Hospitals Present 'Last, Best, and Final' Offer to Nurses Union

Stanford, Calif. (March 31, 2010) - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics announced today that they submitted their "Last, Best, and Final" Offer to their nurses' union, the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA). The hospitals have been negotiating in good faith with the union since January to develop a new contract that advances the hospitals' nursing practices and programs.

"This offer reflects the high regard we have for our nursing staff and our commitment to nursing excellence," said Martha H. Marsh, President and Chief Executive Officer at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. "Our offer includes a comprehensive package of wage increases, benefit improvements and a new Professional Nurse Development Program that is competitive with nursing excellence at other academic medical centers across the nation."

Highlights of the Hospitals' Offer Include:

  • Ratification bonus of $3,000 for each full-time CRONA represented nurse if there is no strike notice given to the hospitals.
  • A modified Professional Nurse Development Program (PNPD) in line with other leading world-class institutions that advances the hospitals' nursing practice by recognizing and rewarding expertise in clinical practice.
  • Wage increases for all nurses in all three years of the agreement, including 4% across-the-board wage increases for all of the hospitals' nurses in the first year of the agreement.
  • Increased benefits for all nurses including Retiree Medical Health Reimbursement, Retirement, New Extended Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave and Back-Up Care.

"We strongly believe that this offer achieves our goal of establishing a generous and comprehensive contract for our nurses that advances nursing practice and programs," said Christopher G. Dawes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. "We hope that together we can move forward with this agreement and accomplish our common goal of providing the very best in patient care."

CRONA represents approximately 2,700 registered nurses at Stanford and Packard Children's Hospitals. The current contract between CRONA and the hospitals expires today, March 31, 2010.
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About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 312-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of "America's Best Hospitals," Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. It is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit