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PRMC Announces 58 Position Cuts

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SALISBURY, Md.-More jobs lost at Delmarva's largest hospital. Peninsula Regional Medical Center is cutting 58 positions.

Wednesday's announcement comes just a couple of weeks after the hospital said it will close down its Transitional Care Unit.

That shut down means 43 people are out of work. The hospital said that this time the positions getting cut are all across different levels.

The hospital wouldn't tell WBOC exactly what positions it will cut but those include clinical and non-clinical employees.

PRMC spokesperson Roger Follebout said that all departments, programs and services were thoroughly evaluated before the hospital made the decision to cut more than four dozen of its positions.

"Fewer people are coming in so less beds are needed within the organization," Follebout said, "when you have less people to treat in the organization you need less employees to run that organization.

People are genuinely being taken better cared of and people are taking better care of themselves. We are transitioning a lot of services from the center into the community bringing them closer to people."

WBOC asked Christopher Hall, a Chief Business Officer at the hospital if recent expansion of the operating room totaling $18 million was a contributing factor in the cuts. 

"The codes have changed. For instance in the OR expansion we added four OR's to replace four other ones," Hall said, "the technology required in the OR to operate today is different than it was ten years ago."

Both Follebout and Hall said that an increase in technology, better drugs and services outside of the hospital is also keeping patients from coming back. 

"We were at four years ago a hospital that was licensed for 363 beds, then 317 just a year ago and 288 beds currently licensed today,"Follebout said.

Hall said it's not going to be just 58 people looking for jobs. He said that salary changes at the executive level, including that of CEO Peggy Naleppa are also being made.

"There is a 4 to 6 percent cut in total compensation," Hall said, " there are furlough days, two weeks furloughs for Peggy and over a week reduction in vacation time."

Follebout said that the hospital is offering a voluntary early retirement program to about 132 employees who qualify.

 

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