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Providers at St. Luke's and Essentia say national shortages of amoxicillin, Adderall and Tamiflu are felt locally, but not fully disrupting care at this point.
From the editorial: "Clearly, there is common ground and shared goals, and kudos to both sides for continuing to talk. But another nurses strike ... wouldn’t be in anyone’s interest."
The strike will begin Dec. 11, unless tentative contract agreements are made with hospitals before then. Nurses at Essentia and Twin Cities hospitals would strike for three weeks, until Dec. 31. St. Luke's nurses plan to strike indefinitely.
MNA leaders have the authority to give hospitals a 10-day notice of a strike. The nurses previously held a three-day strike in September.
Minnesota Nurses Association members at St. Luke's Lake View Hospital will vote Wednesday on whether to authorize a strike.
The 15,000 union nurses at 15 hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin will vote Nov. 30. The vote could give MNA leaders the power to authorize another strike, following a three-day strike held in September, as they bargain for contracts.

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Doctors at Essentia and St. Luke's say fewer children were exposed to RSV in the last two years, making more children vulnerable to severe infection. RSV typically has the same symptoms as a cold, influenza or COVID-19.
The two health systems would form a network of 3,500 providers serving more than 150 care sites in four Upper Midwest states if a merger is reached.
Sharon Gill, who died earlier this year, was blind since birth and taught herself to play piano. She played at Essentia Health's St. Mary's Medical Center and cancer center, as well as at her church and for several weddings and events.

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