---- — 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," a press release said.
A $400,000 shortfall in revenue is blamed for the move, brought on by cuts in reimbursement, fewer admissions and less use of outpatient services, according to the Plattsburgh hospital.
“This step is necessary in order to help sustain our Medical Center in the future," said CVPH President Stephens Mundy in the release. "Regardless, it is one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make in my 10 years at CVPH.”
Those laid off will receive severance pay and health insurance through the end of the year, along with help finding other jobs. Affected areas were across many areas of the hospital, he said.
Mundy said that systemic changes in health care and a number of short-term business-cycle factors worked to undermine CVPH’s finances after three of the stronger financial years in CVPH history.
“Over the past several months, we have initiated a number of measures to reduce future expenses," he said. "Physician Recruitment is working to fill positions that opened unexpectedly this year. The pending affiliation with Fletcher Allen Partners will generate additional savings through group purchasing.
“Additionally, there are several new physicians slated to start serving our community next summer.”
Mundy believes that CVPH is well positioned for the future at a time, he said, when the health-care industry is at a crossroads and some hospitals will fail.
“CVPH is an excellent medical center that will continue to provide exceptional care for its patients," he said. "Our mission is to provide quality care for North Country residents. That has not, nor will it, change.”
The hospital employs more than 2,300. The layoffs represent the elimination of a little more than 5 percent of management and less than 1/2 of 1 percent of hourly staff members.
Mundy noted that last month members of the administrative staff voluntarily took a reduction in pay.
More details will be added to this story later today.