Faulkner Hospital Workers May Seek to Unionize

An estimated 500 workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain will be taking a vote on whether to unionize, reports the Boston Business Journal. Union officials say the group has 75 days from Jan. 30 to complete organizing work and talk with support staff before the vote. The vote would affect support staff such as those in administrative services, housekeeping and food service. Per the BBJ:
The decision comes nearly a year after parent organization Partners HealthCare signed an agreement with 1199SEIU to unionize some Partners hospitals.

Police Capt. Alfredo Andres, left, addresses a crowd of concerned residents during an emergency community meeting on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

Cops Tie Laptop in Hospital Data Breach to Pond Mugging

Police confirmed that a laptop and cell phone stolen during a now-infamous September mugging at the Pond in which a physician was tied to a tree are involved in a breach of patient information. Brigham & Women's Hospital notified patients this week that some of their information had been compromised. The hospital said the robbers forced the doctor to give up the pass codes to the devices. No Social Security numbers or financial information was breached, hospital officials said in a statement. The data contained on the devices included information of 999 patients who received treatment at BWH’s Neurology and Neurosurgery programs between October 2011 and September 2014, as well as a small number of individuals participating in research studies.