Union to protest hospital operator

In advance of Wednesday's annual meeting of Universal Health Services Inc., members of the Service Workers International Union were set to protest outside four of UHS's local behavioral health facilities on Tuesday, including Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.

UHS, in King of Prussia, runs hospitals and behavioral health facilities around the nation, including eight in this region. SEIU represents employees at UHS facilities in Nevada and Massachusetts.

Union members who are also shareholders are presenting letters to UHS's board saying that UHS hasn't done enough to safeguard patient safety. The letters urge UHS to set up oversight committees at each facility to improve patient care.

UHS had no comment on Tuesday afternoon. - Jane M. Von Bergen