Hospitals Present “Last, Best, and Final” Offer to Nurses Union

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics Make Generous, Comprehensive Offer to CRONA Members; Includes 4% Wage Increase and Ratification Bonus

-- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics announced today that they submitted their “Last, Best, and Final” Offer to their nurses’ union, the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA). The hospitals have been negotiating in good faith with the union since January to develop a new contract that advances the hospitals’ nursing practices and programs.
“This offer reflects the high regard we have for our nursing staff and our commitment to nursing excellence,” said Martha H. Marsh, President and Chief Executive Officer at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “Our offer includes a comprehensive package of wage increases, benefit improvements and a new Professional Nurse Development Program that is competitive with nursing excellence at other academic medical centers across the nation.”
Highlights of the Hospitals’ Offer Include:

  • Ratification bonus of $3,000 for each full-time CRONA represented nurse if there is no strike notice given to the hospitals.
  • A modified Professional Nurse Development Program (PNPD) in line with other leading world-class institutions that advances the hospitals’ nursing practice by recognizing and rewarding expertise in clinical practice.
  • Wage increases for all nurses in all three years of the agreement, including 4% across-the-board wage increases for all of the hospitals’ nurses in the first year of the agreement.
  • Increased benefits for all nurses including Retiree Medical Health Reimbursement, Retirement, New Extended Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave and Back-Up Care.

“We strongly believe that this offer achieves our goal of establishing a generous and comprehensive contract for our nurses that advances nursing practice and programs,” said Christopher G. Dawes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “We hope that together we can move forward with this agreement and accomplish our common goal of providing the very best in patient care.”

CRONA represents approximately 2,700 registered nurses at Stanford and Packard Children’s Hospitals. The current contract between CRONA and the hospitals expires today, March 31, 2010.


About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is an internationally recognized leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty from the routine to rare, for every child and pregnant woman. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we deliver this innovative care and research through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more about our full range of preeminent programs and network of care at, and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is the heart of Stanford Children’s Health, and is one of the nation’s top hospitals for the care of children and expectant mothers. For a decade, we have received the highest specialty rankings of any Northern California children’s hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals survey, and are the only hospital in Northern California to receive the national 2013 Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital award for quality and patient care safety. Discover more at

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics, located in Palo Alto, California with multiple facilities throughout the region, is internationally renowned for leading edge and coordinated care in cancer, neurosciences, cardiovascular medicine, surgery, organ transplant, medicine specialties and primary care. Stanford Hospital is an academic medical institution of Stanford University School of Medicine. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health, alleviate suffering, and translate medical breakthroughs into better ways to deliver patient care. Stanford Hospital & Clinics:  Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit: