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UPDATED at 9:20 p.m. Originally posted at 6:30 p.m.


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FRAMINGHAM – For the last two weekends in 2022, MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham was “diverting’ ambulances” from its labor & delivery unit at Framingham Union Hospital.

The hospital was short-staffed registered nurses (RNs) for the unit.

The CEO of the hospital told the Framingham Mayor, the first weekend of the “diversion,” it was just going to be for a shift or two, but it ended up being the entire holiday weekend.

Just before the Christmas weekend, one of the RNs quit. Since then at least two more have given their notice. The unit now has just one or two RNs per shift.

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Today, a recruiter for MetroWest Medical Center was contacting registered nurses (RNs) and offering a $20,000 signing bonus to come work for the Tenet-owned facility.

The recruiter said salary could be negotiated.

And the recruiter said “there has never been a better time to consider MetroWest Medical center,” wrote Genesis Ozuna. “We have added new state of the art and cutting edge technology to all departments including labor and delivery.”

And just before 8 p.m. today, January 4, MetroWest Medical Center posted on its facebook page it was looking for traveling RNs in labor & delivery and the emergency room at $100 an hour. (At 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, $100 an hour is more than $200,000.) But the recruitment is only for 12-week contract.

Last night, the Mayor and several members of the Framingham City Council blasted the hospital leadership and ownership, for the ambulance diversion for two consecutive weekends.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.