United Nurses Bring On Lobbyist Beth Capell to Advocate for Quality Patient Care and Health Care in State Capitol

March 2011

The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) is pleased to announce that Beth Capell has joined the Sacramento lobbying team of the Southern California-based nurses’ union.

Capell will advocate in the state capitol for quality patient care and improved health care for all Californians. She brings years of experience in health care and nursing policy. She helped win state legislation guaranteeing safe nurse to patient staffing ratios to ensure that all patients in California hospitals receive the attentive care they deserve. She has helped to draft numerous health policy bills improving health care for Californians.

“Beth Capell has been a champion for patients in California hospitals and for nurses and health care professionals for decades,” said Ken Deitz, Registered Nurse and President of UNAC/UHCP. “If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s the importance of quality health care for everyone who needs it. So we couldn’t be happier, as nurses, health care professionals and Californians, to have Beth in Sacramento working toward that goal for all of us.”

“Nobody knows what patients need better than the nurses and health care professionals who care for them each and every day,” said Capell. “I’m proud and excited to join my knowledge of our state legislative process to the passion and experience of the nurses and professionals of UNAC/UHCP to continue improving health care for all Californians.”

Capell continues in her role with the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, Health Access. She previously worked as a lobbyist with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and as Director of Government Relations with the California Nurses Association (CNA). She’ll be working closely with the UNAC/UHCP affiliate leadership, composed of experienced nurses and health care professionals.