Gila Regional Medical Center has downgraded 70 full-time hospital employees to part-time status as part of new cost cutting measures.
The Silver City Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/13ugHEQ) that the hospital says the measures were needed after it saw an increase in the numbers of uninsured and underinsured patients. The hospital also is facing a cash crunch because of the shift from inpatient care to outpatient care, and reduced reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.
In addition to the employee changes, the hospital is halting plans for the nearly $40 million expansion project and postponing the conversion to a new health information software system.
The employee status changes are expected to save the hospital around $3.1 million.