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United MemorialMedical Center is shutting down two departments resulting in the layoff of 16 employees.

The hospital revealed this afternoon that the Cardiac Rehab Department and the Byron Family Care Center will close in 90 days.

Hospital spokeswoman Colleen Flynn said the the reason is financial:

“These two services (Cardiac Rehab and Byron Family Care) have been addressed in the past. We have adjusted hours and changed staffing to try and keep them going as long as possible, but we reached the point where they were just no longer viable.”

Cardiac Rehab and Byron Family Care Center will both close on March 1, 2012.

Flynn said Cardiac Rehab will not accept new patients effective immediately and current patients will have the opportunity to complete their 90-day program.

Patients of Byron Family Care were mailed letters informing them of the closing. They were also given information on transferring their medical records. Dr. Stanley Ambis, the primary care provider at Byron Family Care, will continue with UMMC’s Family Care Centers in LeRoy and Batavia. Patients will be encouraged to remain with Dr. Ambis at one of the other sites, according to Flynn.

 

Entire text of News Release provided by UMMC: 

United Memorial Medical Center has experienced tremendous growth in the past year. The Surgical Expansion project was completed, the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center opened and a number of new physicians joined the Medical Staff. Several advancements were made in healthcare information technology, quality initiatives and improvements to our physical plant. Each program and project was a direct result of our strategic planning process to improve locally delivered healthcare based on the needs of the community and to continue to strengthen financial performance.

While growth is important to our viability, we must also assess established services and practices to determine whether they are fulfilling the mission of the organization and are sustainable. To maintain the financial balance of the organization and the needs of our community, several changes have been implemented.

The Cardiac Rehab Department and the Byron Family Care Center will close by March 1, 2012 due to unsustainable patient volumes. Cardiac Rehab will not accept new referrals and current patients will have the opportunity to complete their 90- day program. Patients of Byron Family Care were mailed letters informing them of the closure and information on transferring their medical records. The primary care provider at Byron Family Care, Dr. Stanley Ambis, will continue with United Memorial’s Family Care Centers in LeRoy and Batavia. Patients will be encouraged to remain with Dr. Ambis at one of the other sites. United Memorial Medical Center has filed its’ intent to close the Byron Family Care Center with the NYS Department of Health and will work through the appropriate steps in the next 90 days to complete this process.

Discontinuing the two services and realignment of job functions in other departments will result in the elimination of 16 positions, with the equivalent hours of approximately 14 full time employees, slightly less than 2% of United Memorial’s 795 member workforce. The eliminated positions include two Allied Health Professionals, four Registered Nurses, four Technicians, one Licensed Practical Nurse, one Patient Access Specialist, an administrative secretary and three salaried positions. Those eligible were offered severance packages and where appropriate, options to extend their healthcare coverage. If qualified, they will be encouraged to apply for and considered for other positions within the organization.

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