Nurses rallied on Tuesday outside the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, protesting a six-figure increase for Palomar Health's CEO.
Palomar Health's CEO Diane Hansen’s newly negotiated $110,000 raise follows recent layoffs at Palomar Health.
But the California Nurses Association, representing nurses at Palomar Health, feels the raise sends the wrong message after months of repeated complaints about their treatment.
“If there’s money for her and there’s money for the construction, then there should be money for the protection of the caregivers,” said George Santiago, a Palomar Health nurse at the rally.
“The board did not prioritize the patients, the nurses or the caregivers when voting for this raise, this contract,” said Ginger Faustino, with the California Nurses Association.