June 22, 2024
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A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife

Peter DeMarco and his wife, Laura Levis, hiking together last summer in Scotland. Credit Photo courtesy of Peter DeMarco
After his 34-year-old wife suffered a devastating asthma attack and later died, the Boston writer Peter DeMarco wrote the following letter to the intensive care unit staff of CHA Cambridge Hospital who cared for her and helped him cope.
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Go to the Wrong Hospital and You’re 3 Times More Likely to Die

Not all hospitals are created equal, and the differences in quality can be a matter of life or death. In the first comprehensive study comparing how well individual hospitals treated a variety of medical conditions, researchers found that patients at the worst American hospitals were three times more likely to die and 13 times more likely to have medical complications than if they visited one of the best hospitals.

The study, published Wednesday in the academic journal PLOS One, shows “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region,” said Dr. Thomas H. Lee, a longtime health care executive who was not involved in the research.

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What to Do if You Are Targeted at Work for Violence, Harassment or Hate Speech

Since Donald Trump won the election, nearly 900 incidents of violence, hate speech and harassment have been reported. In light of these attacks, it's important that you know what your rights are and what you can do if you or someone you know is the target of one of these attacks in the workplace. Click on the links to learn more about your rights, what constitutes illegal activity and what you can do about it if you are targeted.
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Watch Local 459's Julie Murray speak on nurse staffing legislation

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Locals 40 and 459 Nurses Help Kids in Need

Locals 40 and 459 Nurses Help Kids in Need

Local 40’s annual school supply and backpack drive was a big success again this year, collecting more than 200 backpacks fully stocked for the children in its community of Mt. Clemens, Michigan. But the even bigger news is that Local 40 soon will have established an official charitable foundation, the OPEIU Local 40 Nurses Charity Fund.

Local 459’s nurses are similarly doing good works in their community of Lansing, Michigan, recently conducting their own annual Stuff a Backpack project to help abused, neglected and at-risk children in the foster care system.

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