On November 1st, 2012, Emanuel Medical Center eliminated 24 positions, 17 of which were full time.
“Low census, decreasing reimbursements and increasing rates of uncompensated care are presenting challenges to most healthcare providers. Regrettably, our hospital is not exempt from these issues, despite efforts to control costs, improve productivity and expand services,” stated Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications Pennie Rorex. “Therefore it is with sadness that I share that we eliminated 24 positions on November 1st.”
Emanuel Medical Center stated that while these are challenging times, their number one priority is unchanged – to continue to deliver quality patient care.
“We are doing our best to help those employees directly affected by the staff reduction,” stated Rorex. “While not required to do so by law, we are voluntarily providing eligible employees with a severance package and the opportunity to extend their group health benefits through the end of the year.”
In September, Emanuel Medical Center announced that it is in exclusive discussions with Tenet Healthcare Corporation for a possible collaboration in the delivery of hospital services in Turlock. The change in ownership could mean that a corporation would purchase the hospital currently owned by the Evangelical Covenant Church.
For more information on Emanuel Medical Center, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.