Carthage Area Hospital will be cutting jobs to make ends meet.
At total of 29 jobs will be lost, 18 through layoffs and 11 through attrition, said Richard Duvall, the hospital's chief operating officer, in an interview with 7 News Thursday.
"All areas of the hospital will be affected. There are positions from support departments all the way up through both clinical and non-clinical roles," said Duvall.
He said the hospital has already laid off nine people.
The remaining nine will receive layoff notices in the next two weeks, Duvall said.
He also said 11 positions have already been eliminated through attrition.
The cuts would save $144,000 a month, he said.
"It allows us to operate in a more efficient manner so there'll be no effect to the delivery of care that our hospital provides," said Duvall. "We've identified our positions that perhaps were overstaffed or...can be consolidated or restructured to increase efficiency."
The hospital first announced in a news release Wednesday that the second phase of its recovery plan "will include workforce reductions."
"The recovery plan implementation is critically important to promote our long-term viability, as well as maintain Carthage Area Hospital's ability to provide quality healthcare services to the community" said Adil Ameer, the hospital's interim CEO.
Hospital officials said the recovery plan focuses on "revenue enhancement, expense reduction and cash flow management strategies."
Officials said they plan to add new programs and expand existing ones -- such as the sleep lab and diagnostic radiology services -- as a way to increase revenue.
The hospital has struggled for several years with serious financial problems, caused in part by difficulties with patient billing that lasted for about a year.
"I hope that when things pick up, that these people will be able to come back to their jobs," said Kathy Tucker, spokesperson for Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union.
Tucker was unsure how many SEIU members were affected by the job cuts.
The union respresents approximately 205 workers in the hospital's system.
Thursday, November 26, 2015, Watertown, NY
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