ACH Announces Reduction in Beds and Staffing

Posted on: 07/16/2012


- Officials hope staff reductions are temporary -


Auburn, NY, July 16, 2012 – In response to a trend of decreasing in-patient census which has resulted in financial losses, Auburn Community Hospital announced today that it will be decreasing the number of staffed beds at the Hospital. This will result in a reduction of staff and the closure of the 4 Central nursing unit.


The Hospital’s average daily in-patient census has dropped to a level of 75 beds in the past 5 months – down from its previous average daily census of 85. The Hospital is accredited and will continue to be accredited for 99 beds by the New York State Department of Health.  


The reduction is being made at this time to match the current staffing demand at the Hospital. The reduction will directly impact approximately 25 employees from a cross-section of nursing, housekeeping, coding and billing, and management.


If the census shows a sustained improvement in the months ahead, staffing will be restored to previous levels.


“We know that this is difficult news, and we regret that this action must be taken at this time. However, we need to ensure that the Hospital operates within its means so that we can provide the greatest level of care to the members of our community,” stated Scott Berlucchi, president and CEO. “We are continually grateful for all of our employees’ tremendous dedication and commitment to service,” he added.


The Hospital is continuing with its search for an affiliation partner who is willing to make a financial commitment to the Hospital and the community it serves. 


For more information about ACH and the request for proposal issued today, please call Roz McCormick, vice president of public relations/medical staff, at 315.255.7228.

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