Stanford, Packard Children’s Hospitals Reach New Contracts with CRONA

Nurses Ratify New Labor Agreements

STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital announced today that they have reached new contract agreements with the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA), the union which represents 2,700 of the hospitals’ nurses.

The majority of CRONA represented nurses voted to ratify the new contract offers, composed of tentative agreements reached by both parties, on April 7, 2011.

“We are very pleased to have reached agreement on new contracts for our nurses,” said Greg Souza, Vice President of Human Resources for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “The new contracts will result in a 4 percent retroactive pay raise for nurses—in addition to other wage increases—and will advance nursing practice and programs to provide our patients with the very best in patient care.”

In addition to the retroactive 4 percent base pay increase going back to April 2010, other key components of the new contract agreements include an additional 4 percent base wage increase effective April 1, 2011, and modifications to the requirements of the new Professional Nurse Development Program, a new clinical ladder that the hospitals implemented on February 7, 2011. These modifications address eligibility requirements for nurses with 20 or more years of service as an RN at the hospitals, and enhance their ability to achieve a higher nurse classification as part of the new professional development program.

“We wish to thank our CRONA represented nurses and CRONA leadership for their part in reaching this agreement,” said Dale Spartz, Vice President of Human Resources for Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “We firmly believe that these provisions reflect the high regard we have for our nursing staff and our commitment to nursing excellence,” added Spartz.

The new contracts replace the provisions that the hospitals implemented after both sides reached impasse on Feb. 7 of this year. It will remain in place until it expires on March 31, 2013.

The pre-existing contracts between CRONA and the hospitals expired on March 31, 2010. For more information on the Hospitals’ negotiations with CRONA, please visit

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children’s hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally a 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


Stanford Hospital & Clinics
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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
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Director of Media Communications
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