MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care health providers set to strike
AUBURN, Wash — Healthcare workers at 20 MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care facilities in the Puget Sound region will strike Nov. 23-24 over better work and safety conditions.
According to the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, members at the facilities have been seeking better conditions since July of 2018.
“For too long these providers have been subjected to irresponsible and unsafe policies including working 12-hour-plus shifts, sometimes seeing over 70 patients in one day without breaks. Not only has MultiCare put patients at risk through these assembly line conditions, but since the COVID-19 outbreak, MultiCare refuses to allow providers to wear N95 masks, even if they purchase our own,” Dr. Stuart Bussey, president of UAPD and former urgent care physician, said in a statement. “MultiCare again refused the providers N95s just before the strike announcement last night. These practices are not only exhausting for providers, but more importantly, they are extremely risky for our patients who deserve the best possible care. It is no exaggeration to state this is a matter of life and death.”
Workers threatened to strike after a recent COVID-19 outbreak at a facility in Auburn. MultiCare said eight patients and five staff members tested positive for the novel coronavirus. One patient died after the outbreak was detected.
“The recent outbreak of COVID-19 within MultiCare’s hospital system should have been a wake-up call, but it was not," said Dr. Bussey. "So, out of concern for patients, doctors will strike and we are calling upon the public to stand with healthcare providers who are working the frontlines of a pandemic.”
MultiCare reps in a previous statement to the union’s claims said all of their clinics, including urgent care ones, have “adequate” PPE and say they are completely confident their staff is safe, and there’s been no clinical evidence to the contrary.
UAPD: During COVID-19 pandemic MultiCare places profit before care
TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, in the face of a pandemic that continues to devastate our health and economy, America's largest union of licensed physicians and healthcare providers announced that physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work at 20 Indigo Urgent Care facilities will strike November 23rd and 24th.
Since July of 2018, members of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) have been seeking better work and safety conditions at 20 Indigo Urgent Care facilities located in the greater Puget Sound area.
"For too long these providers have been subjected to irresponsible and unsafe policies including working 12+ hour shifts, sometimes seeing over 70 patients in one day without breaks. Not only has MultiCare put patients at risk through these assembly line conditions, but since the COVID-19 outbreak, MultiCare refuses to allow providers to wear N95 masks, even if they purchase their own," said Dr. Stuart Bussey, president of UAPD and former urgent care physician. "MultiCare again refused the providers N95s just before the strike announcement last night. These practices are not only exhausting for providers, but more importantly, they are extremely risky for our patients who deserve the best possible care. It is no exaggeration to state this is a matter of life and death."
Additionally, MultiCare has committed several unfair labor practices, according to UAPD. The company has targeted outspoken union members, unilaterally changed working conditions, and failed to provide information relevant to collective bargaining in an effort to bust the union.
And, in response to recently reported outbreaks of COVID-19 cases within their hospital system that has infected both patients and staff, Dr. Stuart Bussey said, "The recent outbreak of COVID-19 within MultiCare's hospital system should have been a wake-up call, but it was not. So, out of concern for patients, doctors will strike and we are calling upon the public to stand with healthcare providers who are working the frontlines of a pandemic."
The strike applies to UAPD members who work at 20 Indigo Urgent Cares locations in the greater Puget Sound. Members of the public wishing to support local healthcare providers are being asked to visit www.unitedforpatients.com and sign a petition.
Founded by a private practice physician in 1972, over the last forty years the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has grown into the largest union representing licensed doctors in the United States. In the State of Washington UAPD represents physicians, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Affiliated with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, UAPD is proud to bring the strength of the labor movement to the aid of working doctors in the interest of better healthcare for all. www.UAPD.com
Joe Crane, Regional Administrator, UAPD 360.281.6846
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Indigo, Puyallup is an urgent care center in Puyallup, located at 15125 Meridian E, Ste 102. They are open 7 days a week, including today from 8:00AM to 8:00PM seeing walk-in patients with non-emergent healthcare conditions. Unlike most urgent care and walk-in clinics, Indigo, Puyallup offers you the ability to book online in advance through Solv prior to arriving at the clinic. While most urgent care patients can expect a short wait time, booking online should cut that wait considerably and get you out and on with your day more quickly.
As part of the larger MultiCare Urgent Care Centers, this clinic has affiliates with the closest other clinic being in Tacoma about 12 miles away and is open today from 12:00AM to 11:59PM.
Recognized favorably amongst their patients, Indigo, Puyallup has an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 based on 8258 total ratings.
If you are looking to learn more about urgent care including statistics, trends, FAQs and other useful information, check out our blog to empower your knowledge as a healthcare consumer. Learn more about urgent care in Seattle.
MultiCare Health Systems was opening five urgent care clinics in Spokane, its first in the area for the Tacoma-based hospital system. Our job was to introduce the brand to the community — which meant reintroducing the idea of urgent care.
At Indigo, patients enjoyed friendly, fast and convenient care — different from what many patients had come to expect from urgent care. At Indigo, you’d be greeted by a “clinical concierge,” who’d check you in and guide you through your visit. The furniture would be comfortable, the blankets cozy, and the coffee and tea on the house.
The challenge for our client: snagging patients’ attention in a busy health care marketplace — and convincing them that maybe, just maybe, going to urgent care could be … pleasant.
We needed to bring the Indigo experience to life for our target audiences — especially women with children, who make most of the health care decision for their families, and men, who are less likely visit a doctor when they should. And we needed to do it in a way that felt relevant to our community and stood out from the health care crowd.
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