Investigation and pending class action against the major corporate owners of hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Albany, New York area including Albany Medical Center, Ellis Hospital, Northeast Health, Seton Health System and St. Peter's Health Care Service.
The class action complaint alleges that the defendants have for years conspired among themselves and with other hospitals in the Albany area to depress the compensation levels of registered nurses ("RNs") employed at the conspiring hospitals. These hospitals agreed to regularly exchange detailed and non-public information about the compensation each is paying or will pay to its RN employees. The agreement to exchange such information has facilitated the formation, implementation and enforcement of defendants' wage-fixing conspiracy. Pursuant to this agreement defendants and their co-conspirators in fact have exchanged such information, through meetings, telephone conversations and written surveys. The exchange of this information itself has suppressed competition among Albany-area hospitals in the compensation of RN employees, and has depressed the compensation they have paid to such employees.
Defendants' conspiratorial conduct has occurred in the context of a national nursing shortage. Absent their conspiracy, Albany-area hospitals would have responded to the nursing shortage by, among other things, substantially increasing RN compensation in an effort to attract a sufficient number of RNs to their respective hospitals. The history of hospital RN compensation and vacancy rates in the Albany area, however, reveals that hospital RNs are not being compensated at competitive levels. Despite years of high vacancy rates, compensation for hospital RNs in the Albany areahas remained low and surprisingly stagnant. The few compensation increases in the past several years have been far too small to substantially decrease the area's nursing shortage.
Name (Stock Symbol)
Albany Medical Center
Albany Medical Center a 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital located in Albany, New York.
Ellis Hospital operates hospitals and health care facilities in Schenectady, New York.
Northeast Health owns and operates hospitals in upstate New York.
Seton Health System
Seton Health System operates hospitals and healthcare facilities in New York.
St. Peter's Health Care Service
St. Peter's Health Care Service owns and operates a hospital in Albany, New York.
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