Why Carthage Hospital Is Cutting Jobs And Beds

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Outside Carthage Area Hospital, there's a lot of concern about its future.

"It's the closest hospital to us and everybody's really nice to us," said Carly Moxley, who uses the hospital.

"I can't believe they'd lay off that many people," said Bob McKeever of Antwerp.

Inside are the empty beds the hospital can no longer support.

What was 30 is being cut to ten and the 70 workers who helped support them will be out of a job.

"Nursing, support staff and some administrative staff as well," said Richard Duvall, the hospital's chief operating officer.

Several factors combine to leave so many beds empty - better care at clinics keeps more people out of the hospital and insurance companies nudge more patients out the door. 

Add government policy that cuts reimbursement rates and it's a recipe for financial trouble.

"We knew there was going to have to be some adjustments done at this hospital as we've seen with a number of other hospitals in the area," said Dale Klock, a member of the hospital board.

The hospital says patients shouldn't see any change.

"Their patient care that they received today or yesterday is going to be the same care that they'll receive tomorrow," said Duvall. 

According to the hospital, there will just be fewer beds, sitting empty.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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