Dimensions Healthcare System’s (DHS) top priority is to provide safe, quality patient
We believe that the best way to provide a safe patient environment is to have the
flexibility to manage staffing based on unit census, patient acuity, the skill and experience
level of caregivers and other relevant factors affecting any particular shift or unit. Flexible
staffing is increasingly important as DHS works to more effectively manage its priorities
as government and commercial reimbursements continue to decline.
DHS’ position regarding staffing, as presented to SEIU, is to help avoid staffing shortages
resulting from unexpected patient census changes, unforeseen patient needs and/or an
increase in staff absenteeism or illness.
We have proposed contract language that:
- 1. Allows DHS to send staff home when patient volumes fail to meet census
staffing levels as mandated in the current contract, and
- 2. Removes current contract language that will help DHS manage workplace
productivity and long-term care costs.
By having this flexibility to more effectively manage our workforce and shift resources as
necessary, we believe we will be better able to serve our patients and provide the level of
care they expect at Dimensions Healthcare System.