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PA Hospital's Financial Woes Trigger Harsh Repercussions

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 11, 2012

The bankruptcy filing left about 100 employees uncertain about their job prospects, or if they would get paid for the time they've worked, and vacation time accrued, etc. Local media reported a testy 25-minute closed-door meeting this week between employees and hospital owner Robert M. Lane.

Echocardiographer Christine Hamilton, who's worked 13 years at the hospital, told the local News-Item newspaper that the meeting was "a waste of time."

"All (Lane) said is he doesn't know anything and the bankruptcy lawyers would be handling everything. That was pretty much it. He pretty much talked in circles," she said. "He was asked why our money was stolen from us, and his answer was that he didn't know what was going on and that the CEO and the CFO were running the hospital."

Knapp said in a media release that the hospital intends to "do our best for our employees."

That includes a job fair next week that will focus on job retraining, adult education options, budget assistance and unemployment compensation.

"We are concerned for the welfare of our employees and have been working with the local Career Link Center and other organizations to provide a program that will enable our employees access to many different organizations," Knapp said.

It's not clear how the closing will affect healthcare delivery in Ashland and Schuylkill County, which was recently deemed to be among the least healthy counties in the Keystone State by the 2012 County Health Rankings & Roadmap survey.

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2 comments on "PA Hospital's Financial Woes Trigger Harsh Repercussions"


lisa (4/16/2012 at 11:46 PM)
This issues had nothing to do with the quality of care provided by a wonderful staff. The issues were financial and the fact that money was not spent to do what was required and needed to be done. It is of note that none of this had anything to do with a patient injury or death.

JJ (4/16/2012 at 3:25 PM)
"The Pennsylvania Department of Health in March found deficiencies and violations that threatened patient health and put their safety in immediate jeopardy." Interesting to note that various views provided in "CMS Hospital Compare" would never lead you to believe this. Valuable tool.