Glens Falls Hospital C.E.O.: 'There's no joy' in layoffs

Posted at: 11/13/2012 5:29 PM
Updated at: 11/13/2012 5:34 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

GLENS FALLS -  It's the busiest hospital between Albany and Montreal. But lately, Glens Falls Hospital is having trouble making ends meet.

Hospital administration has identified 10-million dollars in necessary cost savings.
Including Tuesday's layoff of 29 people and the reduction of five others' hours.
David Kruczlnicki, the hospital's president and C.E.O., says fewer people are having elective surgery. "We hear lots of reports from patients and physicians about patients who are hesitant about having that elective procedure because of a very high co-pay, deductible or no insurance, or they're anxious about their own personal financial situation and may not want to take the time off."
Kruczlnicki said no patient care staff were let go. He said the cuts impact all departments, including engineering, administrative and management positions.
Kruczlnicki also blames a decline in reimbursement rates the government pays the hospital for caring for uninsured or underinsured patients.
The hospital says it doesn't get reimbursed for more than 14-million dollars a year in costs to care for people receiving Medicare and Medicaid.
The layoffs follow the closing of a unit two weeks ago in which 27 workers were transferred to other floors, but did not have their pay cut.
"We certainly don't anticipate another layoff," said Kruczlnicki. "These are unpleasant things to do for everyone and there's no joy in a day like this and we don't want to do it again."