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March 23, 2013

More jobs cut at Adirondack Health

SARANAC LAKE —  Adirondack Health plans to cut 18 more jobs from affiliated hospital and nursing-home staff as part of ongoing fiscal restructuring.

In addition, hours for 15 full- and part-time employees will be scaled back.

The move comes less than four months after 17 jobs full-time jobs were cut in December and a freeze set on salaries through 2013.

The job losses are due in large part to federal aid cuts to Medicaid and the added challenge posed by federal sequestration, officials say.

Adirondack Health is implementing what they consider to be “broad reforms” in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. 

“These reforms have resulted in a greater focus on preventive care to improve patient outcomes and have generated a significant savings for the federally funded Medicare and Medicaid programs,” hospital CEO Chandler Ralph said in a statement.

“The reality is that health-care reform and other quality and patient-care initiatives implemented by Adirondack Health have contributed to fewer patients needing inpatient services.”

DECLINING REVENUE

The reduction in staff will not affect health-care services, according to hospital spokesman Joe Riccio. 

Specific information about how job loss is being spread throughout the organization was not yet available.

“There is no break-down by department,” he said in an interview Friday. “(But) there are no cuts to hospital-employed physicians. We are actively recruiting physicians.”

Employees have been notified of the planned layoffs and decreased hours, Riccio said, and they will receive support in outplacement services through human resource programs.

“The employees affected by these cuts have contributed to the success of Adirondack Health, and they will be missed,” he said.

The need for fewer workers is an adjustment to declining revenue.

“Revenue reductions from sequestration is about $500,000. That has gone into effect,” Riccio said.

The sequestration measure was approved in Congress on Thursday.

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