Nurses allege unsafe working conditions, mismanagement in Bay Area hospitals amid pandemic

Alta Bates Hospital
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According to registered postpartum nurse Jemila Pereira, nurses at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center see personal protective equipment shortages as one safety concern of many.

As the COVID-19 pandemic brings safety challenges to local hospitals, Berkeley and Oakland health workers are calling for stronger protective measures from hospital leadership.
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Illustration of closed Alta Bates

Closing Alta Bates threatens emergency care in Berkeley

As many as 4,000 UC Berkeley students visit Alta Bates’ emergency department, or ED, every academic year. It’s especially comforting to know that we can also receive intensive care services or other acute care services at Alta Bates, which is owned by the hospital chain Sutter Health.
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