UNAP nurses vote ‘no confidence’ in Eleanor Slater Hospital administrators


PROVIDENCE – United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5019 members have taken a vote of, “no confidence,” in the administrative leadership of Eleanor Slater Hospital. The union represents more than 50 registered nurses providing direct patient care on the Zambarano campus.

The “no confidence” vote extends to Interim CEO Jennifer White, Chief of Medical Services Dr. Andrew Stone, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Daly and Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Dobbing, RN.

“Nurses are beyond frustrated with the administration at Eleanor Slater Hospital. It’s time for a change in leadership. Communication between staff and management is scarce at best and often unclear or contradictory. Their management style is unnecessarily combative and often punitive to the point where many bedside caregivers are reluctantly looking to practice elsewhere,” said Cynthia Lussier, RN, UNAP Local 5019 president.

“CEO White, Dr. Stone, Dr. Daly and CNO Dobbing run Zambarano in a manner more befitting a medieval inquisition than a hospital for our state’s most vulnerable patients. I’ve never seen morale this low and my hope is that Gov. McKee and his advisors have been closely watching,” said Lussier.

The vote comes following a month that’s seen unclear communication from administrators regarding long-term plans for the facility, the closing of two out of six units at Zambarano, and recent resignations by hospital leadership.

UNAP Local 5019 represents the registered nurses at the Zambarano Unit of the Eleanor Slater Hospital in Burrillville.

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