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November 8, 2012

CVPH lays off 17 as part of fiscal belt-tightening

No patient-care positions cut

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has handed pink slips to 17 employees.

The layoffs — nine in management and eight hourly staffers — are part of an effort to “help bolster the hospital’s financial position in 2013 and beyond,” the hospital said in a statement.

“We received direction from our Board of Directors to move forward in an in-depth and thoughtful fashion” to determine which positions would be cut, CVPH President Stephens Mundy said in an interview.

“We made sure that we looked throughout the organization in making our decision.”

The management cuts included a top-level administrator, though Mundy would not name any specific positions lost.

The hourly employees laid off included positions in human resources, information technology and finances, he added. None of the cuts were to direct caregivers, including the nursing staff.

“We tried to pick positions that would not impact the care of our patients,” he said. “In some situations, we looked at duplicated roles.”

That did not make the process any easier, he added, noting that administration met individually with each person and the layoff was effective immediately.

“Many of these people had worked here a long time, had worked their way up through the organization. These are very good people, and they have worked really hard while at CVPH.”

‘VERY EMOTIONAL’

Those laid off will receive severance pay and health-insurance benefits through the end of the year. CVPH will also offer assistance in finding them other employment and had already contacted other hospitals across the region about possible openings.

“A couple of people have already interviewed with other organizations,” he said.

Dan Ashline-Beaudet, employee representative for SEIU 1199, was with each union member during his or her meeting with management and said the union will also work to help those people impacted.

“It is a very emotional time,” he said of the process. “It’s not the hospital’s intent to harm anyone or get rid of good employees, but it did come down to individual faces. It impacted employees with a little over a year (on the job) and employees who have been here a couple of decades.”

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