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  • Clifton Springs Hospital announces layoffs

  • Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic announced Friday in a press release that it has reduced its workforce by 58 full-time equivalent positions.

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  • Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic announced Friday in a press release that it has reduced its workforce by 58 full-time equivalent positions.
    “Like many hospitals across the State of New York, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic is preparing for the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Lewis Zulick, Clifton Springs Hospital President and CEO, in the release.
     “The decision to reduce staff is difficult for all involved but necessary as we streamline operations preparing for the potential reductions in reimbursement, and a shift in how future services will be delivered. We expect that, under the Affordable Care Act, physicians and hospitals will be further incentivized, through changes to their reimbursements, to keep their communities healthier and provide more service in the home and outpatient settings."
    Zulick went on to say the hospital "engaged a labor management consulting team that compared our workforce to that of 30 other hospitals our size. That effort produced awareness that our workforce structure needed to be adjusted if we were to maintain a financially sound, full service hospital with the resources required to invest in future technologies, our staff, and the emerging services that will best serve our community in the face of the national and local changes in the healthcare industry.”
    Eligible employees were offered severance packages.
    On Thursday, the hospital announced the departure of its longtime chief executive officer, John Galati. Appointed to replace Galati was general surgeon Dr. Lewis Zulick, acting as interim CEO, though the hospital said it did “not intend to open a search for a permanent CEO at this time.”
    Meanwhile, a spokesman for Rochester General Hospital, Marty Aarons, responding to questions via email, said Friday morning that RGH is in discussion with Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic “about a possible affiliation.”
    The discussions do not involve “a takeover” or “buyout,” Aarons stated.
    “There are no details to share yet …but whatever the case, (Clifton Springs) would retain local control and its independence,”  Aarons said.
    Rochester General Health System and United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) in Batavia also announced today that they are finalizing details of an expanded affiliation.

    The two healthcare institutions have partnered in the areas of Pathology, Urology, General Surgery and GI since 2008.

     
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