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10 laid off at Memorial Medical Center

By JJ VELASQUEZ
June 19, 2010 at 1:19 a.m.


LAYOFFS

In May, the hospital announced the closure of its home health department. Eleven employees were laid off.

The latest layoff eliminates the following positions:

Director of human resources

Director of nursing

IT systems specialist

A staff member in pharmacy

Phlebotomist

Two part-time transcriptionists

Three emergency room technicians

PORT LAVACA - Ten employees of Memorial Medical Center were laid off Wednesday as part of a restructuring of the hospital.

Interim CEO Jeanne Goche expects these to be the last cutbacks for the county hospital that has struggled financially since it was forced to pay back the federal government unexpectedly last year.

"I would anticipate that this would be all of the cuts," Goche said. "It's not my gig anymore, but I would expect that we're done."

The interim CEO will remain in that position until July 2, a day after incoming CEO Jason Anglin's first day. The two will overlap for a couple of days as a transition.

The layoffs will save the hospital about $400,000, Goche said.

Board member Russell Cain said the cutback will allow the hospital to stay afloat and continue to serve the area that includes Seadrift, Port O'Connor and Port Lavaca as well as other rural towns in Calhoun County.

"They were combining departments and combining job descriptions to try to keep the hospital going and keep our medical facility intact for the county," Cain said.

Goche said when the hospital was designated by Medicare a critical access hospital - smaller, rural hospitals that receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare - it never fully restructured.

"Basically, that is what we've done is restructure," she said.

Goche hopes this restructuring sets the table for the hospital's incoming CEO.

Eight other employees were moved into other positions, she said.

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