Staffing changes coming to local hospital - WNEM TV 5

Staffing changes coming to local hospital

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Some workers at a local hospital are about to take a hit in pay.

TV5 has learned that McLaren Bay Region has announced adjustments to staff, either by reducing hours or eliminating positions.

"We're trying to be proactive to make changes to sustain long-term sustainability for us to remain a community hospital here in Bay County," said Magen Samyn, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at McLaren Bay Region. 

The changes will affect positions in clinical and non-clinical areas.

The staffing adjustments are set to take place in the first week in January 2014.

Around 5 percent of the hospital's staff, or about 100 employees, will be affected.

Aron Davis, a critical care nurse at McLaren Bay Region, said Wednesday night staff officially learned of the cuts by the media's announcement.

"I've talked to some of my colleagues and that's our biggest concern, knowing that people that we work with might be out of a job come New Years Day, and it's horrible really," said Davis.

Samyn blames this round of cuts on unprecedented changes in the healthcare industry, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes in Medicare reimbursement and rising co-pays for patients.

"It creates almost like the perfect storm to be able to really affect how hospitals deliver care and the number of employees they're able to maintain as a result of that," said Samyn.

Hospital Administration told TV5 Wednesday night it's still determining what areas will be affected.

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