EJ Noble Workers Required To Re-apply For Their Jobs

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More than 200 full and part-time workers at Edward John Noble Hospital will have to apply for their jobs once the facility is dissolved and then resurrected under the new name Gouverneur Hospital sometime before year's end.

"The question on everybody's mind is - are there going to layoffs? I can't tell you that," said David Acker, Canton-Potsdam CEO.
 
Hospital officials unveiled more details about a planned reorganization that includes the judicial dissolution of EJ Noble and the creation of the St. Lawrence Health System along with Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

"It just makes sense because your purchasing power, your recruiting, all of those things are just better served," said Michael Burgess, EJ Noble board chair.
 
EJ Noble has been crippled with financial problems for years.

It lost close to $3 million in the first 7 months of this year.

The hospital is attempting to work out arrangements with creditors, but any debts that are unresolved would be left up to a judge to decide what amount would be paid.
 
The planned new hospital system will also allow the old EJ Noble to essentially walk away from existing contracts with food vendors, equipment providers and even current labor unions - Service Employees Local 1199 and the New York State Nurses Association.

"This is not in any fashion an attempt to not have a unionized workforce," said Acker.
 
Officials say the planned changes will include an expansion of in-house laboratory tests available, additional medical providers and higher Medicaid reimbursement through classification as a critical care hospital.
 
It's still not known how the restructuring will affect the hospital's Kinney Nursing Home, now operating under the oversight of United Helpers.

An assessment is currently underway by an outside firm to see how the nursing home fits into the new hospital system.   
 
Hospital officials say the Department of Health still needs to approve the creation of the Gouverneur Hospital and St. Lawrence Health System.

Friday, August 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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