U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will stop in Gig Harbor tomorrow to discuss the national shortage of nurses.
Her office sent out a press release if you want to attend:
Sen. Murray will hold a news conference at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor to bring further attention to the local and national shortage of nurses and other critical health care workers.
She will also discuss her efforts to include federal funding in national health care reform legislation that will address workforce issues of tomorrow. As access to health care is broadened through national health care reform, even more nurses and other health care workers will be needed locally and across the nation in the future.
Prior to her news conference, Sen. Murray will take a brief guided tour of St. Anthony Hospital, which opened in March.
When: 11 a.m. until 12 noon, Wednesday, July 1.
Where: St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd. NW, Gig Harbor
Joining Sen. Murray at the news conference will be:
Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy*
Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma*
Registered Nurse Desiree Butler (whose healthcare career has been advanced by local education programs)
Franciscan Health System Chief Operating Officer Cliff Robertson, MD
Laurie Brown, Chief Nursing Officer for the Franciscan Health System
(*Pat McCarthy and Bill Baarsma are board members for WorkForce Central. WorkForce Central is Pierce County’s workforce development entity that implements strategic solutions to address skill shortages through partnerships with the local community.)
From Gig Harbor: Travel Highway 16 north to the Burnham Drive exit. Exit at Burnham, enter the traffic roundabout, and take the third exit off the roundabout onto Canterwood Boulevard. Travel one-third of a mile; the hospital entrance is on the right.
From Port Orchard: Travel Highway 16 south to the Burnham Drive exit. Exit at Burnham, enter the traffic roundabout, cross the bridge over Highway 16 and enter the second traffic roundabout. Take the third exit off the second roundabout onto Canterwood Boulevard. Travel one-third of a mile; the hospital entrance is on the right.