One of the North Country’s largest employers says it will cut 18 full time employees and cut the hours of another 15 full- and part-time staff.
The move at Adirondack Health follows on the heels of lay-off and cutbacks at other medical facilities around the North Country.
It represents a painful loss of high-wage, high-benefit jobs.
In a statement, CEO Chandler Ralph blamed the cutbacks on Medicaid losses and on declining in-patient numbers at Adirondack Health Facilities.
Ralph says the organization faced a $1.2 million dollar “reduction of revenue” in 2013.
“While these revenue reductions are certainly discouraging, this is not the first time we have faced a challenge of this magnitude,” said Chandler Ralph, President & CEO of Adirondack Health. “Our experience has taught us we have the resources and talent to develop new and innovative solutions to continue providing high quality healthcare to the residents and visitors of our region.”
The move comes as nurses at Adirondack Health distributed a letter urging the organization to delay a vote on proposed downsizing or elimination of emergency room services at a satellite hospital in Lake Placid.
The Board of Directors of Adirondack Medical Center must delay a planned vote this evening to close or convert the hospital’s emergency department to a 12-hour urgent care center without the opportunity for public comment.
AMC did not offer the community an opportunity to provide input on this crucial matter, which will limit access to vital emergency medical services.