Nashville Hospital Authority

ChapterLogo_HospitalAuthorityNashville General Hospital (NGH) is Nashville’s original community- based hospital.  Joint Commission accredited, NGH readily accommodates a wide range of needs from emergency services and acute care to ancillary and ambulatory services.

NGH continues to maintain its strong commitment to the healthcare needs of Nashville and Davidson County underserved, while also providing care to all segments of the community.

Nashville Hospital Authority Memorandum of Understanding (pdf)

Major Changes Coming to Public Healthcare Facilities in Nashville

As reported in The Tennessean, Mayor Karl Dean announced plans regarding future operations of Bordeaux nursing home and the Knowles assisted living facility in Nashville.

Local 205 is in discussions with Metro officials and the owners of the private companies to ensure that jobs, workers rights, and patient care are not put at risk. More information on this as it develops.

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Member Spotlight: Vanessa Robertson

Vanessa Robertson: Labor & Delivery Technician @ Nashville General Hospital.

Vanessa Robertson: Labor & Delivery Technician @ Nashville General Hospital.

When Vanessa Robertson reports to work every day at Metro General Hospital in Nashville, she isn’t just showing up so she can collect a paycheck. “A job is somewhere you show up every day so that you can have money to pay your bills,” Vanessa says. “This is more than just a job to me. I see it as my ministry. After all, Jesus took care of the sick and the poor and I can do a lot worse than to follow His example.”

Vanessa is a labor and delivery technician at Nashville’s safety net hospital, Metro General at Meharry. She assists doctors and nurses with OB/GYN patients and helps to bring new life into the world every day. It’s this sense of compassion and hope that led Vanessa to SEIU Local 205. She joined the union back in 1994 when she came to General and even though she’s a working mom, she still finds the time to be active in the Union. Vanessa has served as a shop steward since 2000 and has been on the union’s Bargaining Committee since 2003. “I want to be part of an organization that respects the voices of employees and helps them to get the dignity, respect, and justice they deserve at work,” Vanessa says.

As budgets in Washington and here in Tennessee continue to shrink, Vanessa often worries about what will happen to General, which relies heavily on subsidies—but not just because it will affect her own life. “We are so important to the community and we help so many people who can’t afford health insurance and treatment—I pray that Nashville General can weather this storm. In the meantime, I will continue to help my patients and my co-workers to the best of my God-given abilities by participating in my Union.”

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Union Members & Clients Save Knowles Home from Shutdown!

The Knowles Home is an adult day services and assisted living facility that cares for elderly residents in Nashville who cannot afford to live anywhere else. It used to be under the authority of Metro Social Services and was transferred to the Nashville Hospital Authority in 2005. As the Hospital Authority struggles to fund General Hospital, Knowles continues to be at risk for closing as well since it often operates at a loss because of its indigent clients.

That’s why at the Oct. 25 meeting of the Hospital Authority Board, the main agenda item was a proposal to close down Knowles Home, which would have put the future of its clients and its employees in jeopardy.

But when SEIU members, clients, and their families organized and spoke out, the Hospital Board voted unanimously to keep Knowles Home open. This was possible because of the activism and support from SEIU members, Knowles residents and their families, as well as other community advocates. “When they made the announcement that Knowles Home was off the chopping block, the crowd broke into cheers and applause,” says Trista Boseman, the SEIU organizer for the Hospital Authority. “It’s times like this we should be glad we have a Union so that we were able to organize and protect our jobs,”, says Joseph Johnson, a Knowles Home custodian. “Through the Union, we were able to make sure that residents wouldn’t have been out on the streets if this would have gone through,” says Mike Peck, a social worker at Knowles.


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