Sign-on bonuses of $500 will be provided to new hires in dietary as well as CNAs and LPNs. The money will be payable in two $250 installments at the end of three and six months. Employees who are disciplined during this time period will be ineligible.
This sign-on bonus is set to expire in June.
RNs are represented by the Steelworkers' Union. It's unclear whether there are negotiations for a sign-on bonus.
NorCo Council ratified this MOU in a 7-1 vote, with Council member John Cusick voting No. He voted No because he believes the bonus should be higher. Council member Peg Ferraro was absent.
In other Gracedale news, Director of Nursing Dawn Tuersfeldman advised NorCo Council on April 1 that she has conducted a review of 220 open positions at the nursing home. She is recommending the elimination of 135. She explained these positions were created at a time when the nursing home had 801 licensed beds. Now the max is
In her report, Gracedale Administrator Jennifer Stewart King reported that census dipped in January and February because of the nationwide surge in new Covid cases. She said that the number of residents at the home returned to normal in March and currently stands at 503.
She is hopeful that visitations can begin begin in May.