April 25, 2014

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EMH cuts 55 positions

ELYRIA – A total of 55 positions are being eliminated by EMH – most at the EMH Elyria Medical Center — as the hospital system continues to grapple with rising costs of uncompensated care and shrinking reimbursement for medical care.

The job reductions were announced Thursday by Dr. Donald Sheldon, EMH president and CEO.

Although a total of 55 positions are being done away with, 25 of those posts are open jobs that were not currently being filled and have been eliminated, Sheldon said.

The remaining 30 jobs were actively held by employees who are being let go. Employees were informed of the cuts Wednesday and today. All of the workers will receive severance pay and three months of insurance coverage, plus two to four weeks of regular salary.

None of the positions included nurses or those working in clinical care areas.

Affected departments include radiology, home health care, accounting, medical records, central supply and pre-admission testing. The only service that will be completely eliminated due to the layoffs is cardiac rehab services that were offered at the hospital’s Avon Health Campus.

Laid-off employees will also receive help to try and find new jobs through an outplacement program offered by the hospital, Sheldon said.

Some of those who are being laid off could end up returning to work by applying for and being hired for one of 58 other open positions that include nursing care and other clinical services. Current employees, as well as those being laid off, will be able to apply for those jobs during a two-week hiring freeze in which no outside applicants will be considered in order to give preference to hospital employees.

Dan Miller, the hospital’s vice president of human resources, said it was possible that as many as 10 of the 30 employees could eventually be hired back to other jobs.