By Josh Brokaw A Seneca County mother who gave birth in the Cayuga Birthplace in November 2016 has sued Cayuga Medical Center and an anesthesiologist there for performing “four unsuccessful epidurals” in her back before she delivered a healthy baby boy. Epidural anesthesia during childbirth is given “through a fine tube inserted in the mother’s lower back to numb the vaginal area and the lower abdomen,” according to Cayuga Birthplace information. The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of Tompkins County on October 6 by Melissa…Continue Reading “Cayuga Medical Sued By Mother For 4 Botched Epidural Attempts”

By Josh Brokaw The future of Ithaca Community Gardens is in question, again, since Cayuga Medical Center announced the purchase this June of the Route 13-facing Carpenter Business Park property that includes an option to buy the property on which the Gardens sit from the city. By spending $10 million to buy Carpenter Business Park from previous owner Maguire Family of Dealerships, Cayuga Medical won it away from competitor Guthrie Health, of Sayre, Pennsylvania*. What Cayuga Medical Center and developer partner Park Grove Realty LLC…Continue Reading “Ithaca Community Gardens Want to Stay, Cayuga Medical Says Go”

By Josh Brokaw Under a New York State law passed in 2010 and made effective by the state Department of Health in 2015, hospitals and nursing homes are required to disclose a certain number of “nursing quality indicators” for the previous 12 months whenever a request is made by any member of the public. This reporter has made two requests for this data to Cayuga Medical Center in the last year. The first was made in November 2016, with a response coming in December that…Continue Reading “Data: Cayuga Medical Center Nurse Staffing”

By Josh Brokaw Update, May 13: As one reader on social media have pointed out, this piece is “ridiculously biased.” This piece is not meant to be straight-ahead reporting – this piece is one reporter’s feeling about the situation at Cayuga Medical Center after doing months of reporting on issues there. Cayuga Health System – parent company of Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Medical Center, and Cayuga Medical Associates – celebrated National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week this second week of May. We know this…Continue Reading “A Happy “Screw You” From Cayuga Medical For National Nurses’ Week”

Anne Marshall came onto WRFI News on Tuesday, April 11, to speak with co-hosts Forrester Hammer and Josh Brokaw about returning to work via a judge’s injunction on April 3. Marshall spoke about the National Labor Relations Board trial that wrapped up last week, where it was alleged that Cayuga Medical Center fired her and another nurse for union activity, rather than not following a blood transfusion protocol. Marshall also spoke about getting the campaign for Cayuga Medical nurses to join SEIU 1199 back in…Continue Reading “Audio: Anne Marshall On Returning to Work and Organizing at Cayuga Medical”

By Josh Brokaw The second federal case in less than a year against Cayuga Medical Center for alleged labor law violations wrapped up on Tuesday, April 4. The trial started on January 9 and took 16 days of testimony broken up over four multiple-day stints. After a three week break in this National Labor Relations Board hearing, it resumed on Monday, April 3 – the same day fired nurse Anne Marshall went back to work under a federal injunction. Cayuga Medical presented its last two…Continue Reading “Dealing With the “Labor Organizing Threat:” Cayuga Medical Federal Trial Ends”

By Josh Brokaw The two Cayuga Medical Center nurses who were allegedly fired for their union organizing activity in October 2016 will be back at work in the hospital’s intensive care unit by this coming Monday. Truthsayers reported on February 23 that the National Labor Relations Board had filed an injunction in federal court to return Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb to their jobs, pending the results of an ongoing NLRB trial that’s entering its fourth week of testimony, spread out over three months. On…Continue Reading “Federal Judge: Cayuga Medical Must Put Fired Nurses Back to Work”

By Josh Brokaw A lawsuit has been filed against Cayuga Medical Center in the case of the 52-year-old man who died in the Emergency Department waiting room on January 19. The suit was filed on Monday, March 20 with the Supreme Court of Tompkins County, by Jeff DeFrancisco, a Syracuse attorney. The suit is filed for punitive damages on behalf of the estate of Lloyd Robert Phelps, and his brother and executor Allen Phelps. Rob Phelps, as he was known to family and friends, was…Continue Reading “Death in Cayuga Medical ER Waiting Room: Lawsuit Filed”

By Josh Brokaw The federal trial over allegations that Cayuga Medical Center fired two nurses for union organizing adjourned on the afternoon of Friday, March 10. So far, there have been 14 whole or partial days of testimony spread out over three weeks in this National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] hearing, which started on January 9. NLRB judge Kimberly Soag Graves and attorneys for Cayuga Medical Center [CMC], the NLRB, and Service Employees International Union Local 1199, the union that CMC nurses started organizing to…Continue Reading “Cayuga Medical Union Busting Trial: Why So Long?”

The lines of Cayuga Medical Center’s defense against allegations it broke federal labor law have become clearer in recent days as the second National Labor Relations Board trial about union organizing in less than a year continues. The hospital, via its attorney Raymond Pascucci, of Bond Schoeneck & King, is arguing that intensive care unit nurses Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb were not singled out for their union organizing activity when they were fired in October 2016. Rather, CMC argues the two nurses committed a…Continue Reading “Blood Transfusions Can Turn Deadly: Cayuga Medical Mounts Its Defense”