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Jobs eliminated at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall
MARSHALL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 21 jobs have been eliminated at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. The current economy was blamed for the 10 positions cut, all in upper management, the rest that were eliminated sat unfilled.
The president of Oaklawn Hospital says she's not alone with these tough cuts recently. Thousands of healthcare jobs across the country are being lost because they weren't prepared for their patients to begin thinking differently about the cost of healthcare.
"Because they have increased deductible plans and are paying more out of pocket are asking questions like, do I need surgery now or do I have alternatives and what do they cost?" said Dr. Ginger Williams, Oaklawn Hospital CEO and president.
Dr. Williams says that dialogue has changed the game of medicine for them. Along with their patients switching to cheaper plans, Dr. Ginger Williams says the government's sequestration cut 2% from their medicare payouts this year.
"It was a $750,000 impact on a $105 million dollar net revenue," said Dr. Williams.
Williams says they're figuring out what the hospital can do without as the government and their patients shift their health care goals.
"I tell my staff in a lot of ways we're building the airplane while we're flying," said Dr. Williams.
Which is why she says they've consolidated some upper management positions, but out of the 21 positions eliminated, no hourly workers are affected.