Massena Hospital Slashes Costs

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From WWNY

They’re slashing costs at Massena Hospital. But hospital officials say staff cuts should be over and there are new opportunities and new services.

There are 30 less full-time jobs at Massena Memorial hospital in the new year. Unused services are being weeded out.

“We’ve reduced some of the sort of standby costs of the operating room services. Where we have two very busy ORs at all times – but before we were staffing for four,” said

David Bender, Massena Hospital CEO.

The lightly-used intensive care unit closed. Some of the cost cutting are detailed in documents the hospital filed last year with the state. But Bender says the closures and layoffs are in the past.

“We’re here to stay…It will be a consistent level of quality throughout the system. And we’re going to be bringing more services, new services into this community,” he said.

The goal now is to both improve and add services. When St. Lawrence Health System bought the financially troubled Massena Hospital it had been losing money for years.