Massena, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — Massena Memorial Hospital has started a hiring freeze, and isn't planning to fill 13 vacant positions. In a press release, Chief Executive Charles Fahd II, says the hospital will realign staff in an attempt to right-size the organization. He says the number of patient visits has been lower than expected this year. At the same time, government reimbursement rates are down for Medicaid and Medicare. The 50-bed facility is owned by the town of Massena.
The Watertown Daily Times reports that the hospital has lost more than a million dollars already this year. Fahd says they are working to balance the budget, without affecting personnel. The Times reports that this is the second staff reduction in two years. Last year, the hospital eliminated 10 full-time positions. It currently employs 429 people.
The hospital did break ground on a $4 million medical office building last spring. The newspaper quotes hospital officials as saying the new building is necessary, even in difficult times, to attract new doctors.