Values. They make Maine Medical Center a special place to work and receive care. Patient Centered, Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ownership and Innovation. Our care team knows these Values because they defined them, including members of our world-class nursing team.
As our nursing colleagues consider unionization, Maine Medical Center has a message for you: We care for all of you, and we will always share your Values, because they are our Values. Maine Medical Center supports and respects your right to educate yourself about the pros and cons of this issue, so that you make the best-informed decision when you vote.
It has been a challenging year, and we have all learned important lessons. Here’s one: Our organization can always find new ways to better support our nurses. And under the outstanding leadership of our chief nursing officer, Devin Carr, RN, we will continue to do just that.
But, during the pandemic when it mattered most, we believe we put our Values into action for the benefit of our nurses: No job cuts. No pay cuts. No reduction in benefits. Market-based wage increases awarded to start 2021. Appropriate supplies of PPE. Vaccinations for care team members.
We do not believe we would work better together through a third-party that does not share our Values. We strongly urge our nurse colleagues to vote ‘NO’ on union representation, so that, together, we can protect our Values and continue building a better future for our nurses, our care team, our patients and our community.