Vassar Brothers Medical Center, New York State Nurses Association agree to new contract

Posted: 3/4/2020

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Nuvance Health have renewed the contract for the more than 800 nurses at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

The renewed contract, which ends on January 31, 2022, includes staffing guidelines, pay raises, retroactive base pay and a generous tuition reimbursement program.

“I’m thrilled we were able to come to a settlement on behalf of our hard-working nurses and their families, not just for all of us at Vassar Brothers Medical Center but the entire Poughkeepsie community,” Vassar Brothers Medical Center President Joseph J. Mullany said.

“The key component of this contract is staffing guidelines and their enforcement. With safe staffing, we can provide the care our patients need and deserve. Safe staffing also keeps quality nurses on the job. It is the most critical element of nurse satisfaction,” said Jen Beyer, a registered nurse who is president of the local NYSNA bargaining unit.

In April 2019, Western Connecticut Health Network and Health Quest merged to create Nuvance Health. Uniting seven hospitals across western Connecticut and the Hudson Valley of New York, Nuvance Health provides healthcare programs and services to 1.5 million people. By coming together, these hospitals share best practices with the goal of enhancing patients’ experiences.

NYSNA is New York’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, with 43,000 members statewide.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is a 365-bed facility that has served New York’s mid-Hudson Valley since 1887.

Nuvance Health and NYSNA had been in talks since the contracts of nurses at Vassar Brothers Medical Center expired on May 1, 2019.

Top News


Northern Dutchess Hospital will help adults avert type 2 diabetes before the devastating disease takes hold with its National Pred...
Arthur Piebes has a cautionary tale about delaying care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the crisis, Piebes began ex...