By The Bakersfield Californian
The American Cancer Society staff is settling into a new and bigger Bakersfield location this month.
After more than 30 years at 1523 California Ave., the organization recently moved to an office at 1831 Truxtun Ave. Suite 150. The leased location will not offer any new services but the space is about 1,000-square-feet bigger than the previous office and boasts better parking, a wig salon and a dedicated cancer patient room, said Charaighn Sesock, marketing and communications manager for the American Cancer Society.
The office is staffed by eight employees and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside those hours, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org for assistance, Sesock said.
The American Cancer Society will hold a grand opening/ribbon cutting and open house at its new location Oct. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Hundreds of local nurses could benefit from a tentative agreement reached this week between registered nurses unions and Dignity Health.
The tentative collective bargaining agreement covers about 12,000 nurses in 28 Dignity Health hospitals in California and Nevada, according to a National Nurses United news release. Sandy Reding, an operating room nurse at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, traveled to Oakland as part of the bargaining team. She said the agreement will affect more than 1,000 nurses at Dignity Health's three Bakersfield hospitals - Memorial, Mercy Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest.
The agreement includes an accident prevention program and "additional pay hikes of 9 percent" over its four-year term, according to the news release.
The pay increase will help keep local nurses from leaving town for jobs elsewhere, Reding said.
The unions involved in the agreement were the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada, which are both part of National Nurses United.
-- Californian staff writer Rachel Cook