Media & Press Releases

29 October

Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts

Press Release
by Dimensions Healthcare System Public Relations

Dimensions Healthcare System employees represented by 1199SEIU overwhelmingly voted to ratify two new contracts on Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28.

The contracts cover more than 800 nurses and approximately 1,200 maintenance and service workers at the healthcare system’s two hospitals, Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center, as well as its ambulatory care facilities.

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6 August

Dimensions Healthcare was once down to one day of cash. Now it’s trying to take back the market

Washington Business Journal
by Tina Reed

To say Neil Moore didn't know what he was getting into when he first joined Dimensions Health System's leadership team eight years ago would be a gross understatement.

Within three weeks of becoming chief financial officer at the Prince George's health system, he learned they were considering bankruptcy. The hospital system was down to one day's worth of cash. A state commission convened to find a buyer for the hospitals, but gave up after more than two years of striking out.

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11 July

Dimensions Healthcare System says it’s done negotiating with union, presents another 'final' offer

Washington Business Journal
by Tina Reed

Dimensions Healthcare System is apparently again done negotiating — presenting a second “best” and “final” offer to its employee union.

The offer includes 6 percent pay raises for nurses over three years, in addition to 3 to 5 percent step increases that were part of the union’s expired contract. Service and maintenance employees would receive a 6 percent raise over three years, the health system said.

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2 June

Dimensions Healthcare: No layoffs planned for D.C.-area hospitals

Washington Business Journal
by Tina Reed

Dimensions Healthcare System is not planning a massive layoffs at two regional hospitals, but is instead eliminating positions and transferring employees to new jobs, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The job eliminations will only impact 62 positions, but all of those employees will be offered the ability to transfer to “equivalent” positions, said Dimensions spokeswomen Erika Murray responding to a claim late Friday from Service Employees International Union Local 1199 that up to 500 people would lose their jobs.

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17 April

Laurel nurses protest contract proposal

Gazette.Net - Maryland Community News
by Emilie Eeastman

Instead of working her four-hour shift at Laurel Regional Hospital on Wednesday, Andrea Magel of Bowie marched outside the building with about 30 other employees, chanting “Gotta feed my children, gotta pay my rent, ask Dimensions where the money went.”

The Laurel sidewalk was one of three Prince George’s County locations where unionized nurses and caregivers employed by Dimensions Health Care System protested the company’s latest contract offer. Picket groups also gathered at Prince George’s County Hospital Center in Cheverly and Glenridge Medical Center in Lanham, according to a press release by union 1199SEUI Healthcare Workers East.

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16 April

SEIU members picket Dimensions after turning down final offer from health system

Washington Business Journal
by Tina Reed

Workforce tensions at Dimensions Healthcare System flared again Wednesday as members of its main bargaining unit picketed outside Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s County Hospital Center.

The job action came after members of Service Employees International Union Local 1199 said they rejected a last and final contract offer from the health care system. The union, which represents 1,600 workers in the two-hospital system, says the proposal put forth by Dimensions would put “safe staffing” at risk, would allow the hospital to cancel nurses’ shifts and could essentially bust their union. Members have been working under short-term contract extensions since its prior labor pact expired in April. The union filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board April 2, claiming the hospital is not bargaining in good faith.

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19 March

Md Public Works Approves $15 Million for Medical Center in PG County

NBC Washington
By Tracee Wilkins

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $15 million Wednesday for the proposed regional medical center in Prince George’s County.

“We need to continue with design and architectural work so we will be ready to go mid or early next year,” Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer Brad Seamon said.

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2 March

Prince George's opens public dialogue about healthcare disparities and new medical center

The Washington Post
By Luz Lazo

Prince George’s County is turning to residents for feedback on the development of a $645 million regional medical center proposed for Largo.

The construction of the new hospital complex is viewed as key to remedying the county’s pressing health disparities. But as the county moves forward with the project, it wants to develop a strategic plan that will provide policymakers guidance to address health disparities, attract physicians to the county and make health care more accessible.

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6 January

Largo hospital planners will seek another $8M

Washington Business Journal
By Ben Fischer

Developers of a new hospital in Largo will ask Maryland lawmakers this year for an additional $8 million on top of the $200 million they've already approved, according to a December regulatory filing.

In responses to questions posed by the Maryland Health Care Commission, lawyers for Dimensions Healthcare System said both the state and Prince George's County originally agreed to contribute $208 million to the construction of the hospital.

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4 December

Dimensions turnaround plan causing pains in SEIU contract talks

Washington Business Journal
By Ben Fischer

Labor strife is heating up at Dimensions Healthcare System in Prince George's County, even as executives continue to pursue a proposed $655 million teaching hospital and corresponding turnaround effort.

Service Employees International Union Local 1199, which represents 1,600 workers in the two-hospital system, has been working under short-term contract extensions since its prior labor pact expired in April. Eight months later, they claim management has not yet presented a single proposal related to wages and compensation.

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Created in 1982, Dimensions Healthcare System is an integrated not-for-profit, community-owned organization providing comprehensive, quality healthcare services to the residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland and surrounding areas. read more →