MVHS and nurses union reach contractual agreement


UTICA — Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), which represents registered nurses at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. Other terms of the contract have not been released.

NYSNA presented details of the contract to its nursing members who ratified the contract on Monday.

“We value and highly value all of our nursing staff,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, President and CEO of MVHS. “The past two years have been very difficult and stressful and our nurses have gone above and beyond, showing great resilience and caring,” Stromstad said. “I think it’s a good contract for our nurses; it is fair and equitable, ensures nurses receive market-competitive salaries, and is sustainable for an organization like ours that primarily serves a highly vulnerable population.

“I want to thank NYSNA leadership for their willingness to work toward a positive outcome for our nurses and the organization,” Stromstad added.

MVHS continues to work collaboratively with the various unions representing its employees as it transitions to Wynn Hospital, according to the announcement.


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