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Patient Protection Committee

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Communications Workers of America, Local 1133 has established a Patient Protection Committee. This committee is comprised of CWA members who are trained, experienced, healthcare professionals. They are ready to go into the Hospital at any time in the event of a patient emergency or any other urgent matter that may happen during the possible strike at Mercy Hospital.

For immediate activation of this committee, please call the union hall at (716) 828-1133 and the team will be activated immediately.

Patient Protection Committee Members


Committee Member


Jennifer Thomas

Echo Technologist

Katie Gandt

EKG Technologist

Laurie Brady

Environmental Services

Catherine Knoop

Immediate Treatment Assistant / Clerk

Josh Zuppinger & Nicky Miles

MRI/CT Technologists

Tanya Digioia

Nurse Aides

Abrenda Rookard

Patient Access

Rebecca Chadwick


Sue Behr

X-Ray Technologist

Barbra Pytlik


Shannon Sherman

RN - 5 East Med/Surg

Billie Burnett

RN – 5 West

Jillian McDonald

RN - 6 East Med /Surg

Brittany Hirschman

RN - 7 East

Laura Cox

RN – 7 West

Kerry Nowak

RN - 8 East Med/Surg

Mary Ellen Gipple

RN - Critical Care Flaots

Oluwatoyin Adegoke

RN - Cardiac Cath Lab

Cheryl Wiechec

RN - Cardio Vascular ICU

Elizabeth Clancy

RN - Intensive Care Unit

Jeff Lelonek

RN - Labor & Delivery

Sue Siminski & Colleen Raczynski

RN - Med/Surg Float

Theresa Wass

RN - Mercy Interventional Unit

Tina Knopp

RN - Rapid Response Team

Tina Knopp

Surgical Technologist

Shelby Derkovitz

Ultrasound Technologist

Heather Stellrecht