SEATTLE-More than 2,000 home-care workers from Catholic Community Services have voted to join the Service Employees International Union. CCS is the largest home-care agency in Washington. "Home-care workers offer a compassionate and cost-effective alternative to long-term nursing home care, yet their work is typically undervalued and unappreciated," said Marc Earls, president of SEIU Local 6, which will represent the workers for collective bargaining purposes. "They see the union as a vehicle for changing all that." With the addition of the CCS workers, SEIU represents about 50,000 home-care workers nationwide.
BELLEVUE, Wash.-The Sisters of Providence Health System and PeaceHealth will affiliate their health plans. They are Providence Health Plans, operated by the Sisters of Providence, and SelectCare, operated by PeaceHealth. The plans include HMOs serving 300,000 enrollees and PPOs covering 600,000 people in Oregon and Washington. The organizations recently collaborated to serve United Airlines and 20,000 state employees in Oregon. "Through this affiliation we hope to build on these past experiences and create a formal structure that unifies our approach to managed care," said Sister Dona Taylor, president of Sisters of Providence. "The new affiliation will only affect the health plans and will not directly affect the hospitals or other operations of the two sponsoring organizations," the companies said in a written statement. A business plan, expected to be completed by the spring of 1995, will define the organizational structure that will provide managed-care products in Oregon and Washington. It will also examine the possibility of participation by other health plans. The Sisters of Providence Health System operates networks of hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare services in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and California. PeaceHealth, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, operates similar networks in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
CHANDLER, Ariz.-Gary Gannaway has resigned as president of the Arizona Healthcare Alliance to become president and chief executive officer of Premier Healthcare. Premier is a Phoenix-based HMO with nearly 20 participating Arizona hospitals. Mr. Gannaway, 48, had been with the Arizona Healthcare Alliance since 1992. He will be replaced by Douglas Lee, 32, who had been director of network operations and marketing at the alliance.