But for a variety of reasons, according to GCRMC's director of public relations, Lillie Lewis, some job positions with the facility are being phased out.
This doesn't mean that employees will be out on the streets, however, Lewis
said.Employees whose jobs are closed have been given the chance to find other positions in the facility.
"A lot of positions are closed now," Lewis
said."They're not out of work.They are able to stay in their position while looking for another position in the hospital."In addition, the hospital has in place what Lewis calls the "Safe Pay" program which allows employees to move to another position which may have a lower pay rate, but to stay at the rate of pay for which they are currently working.
Those hoping to find new jobs with the facility, however, are out of luck.According to Lewis
, no applications are being accepted at the facility except for applications for critical positions such as in the nursing staff.The hospital is actively recruiting some positions to help increase volume at the facility.
Specialists are being sought in obstetrics and gastroenterology, as well as a pulmonologist and a cardiologist, said Lewis
"We see a lot of things to bring the volume up higher," Lewis
said that over the last two years, several doctors have left the community, causing a decrease in volume at the facility.Lewis
said the hospital is a non-profit facility, meaning any money the facility makes goes back into hospital operations.
Patients at the facility should not worry that treatment will suffer because of the closing of these positions, said Lewis
.There is no chance of the hospital stopping services, she
"When you compare the hospital to other hospitals around the country, we're doing well," Lewis