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Lenoir Memorial Hospital makes changes to save costs

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KINSTON, N.C. - Unpaid medical bills and fewer patients are forcing Lenoir Memorial Hospital to make some changes.

In October, the hospital announced it would be going through a redesign.

"We're seeing a lot of are in healthcare across the nation, it's not just in this area. I think all over hospitals are going to have to look for different ways to provide healthcare," said Marketing Coordinator, Barbara LaRoque.

Part of that redesign involves eliminating 85 positions,   LaRoque says of those 85 cut positions, 26 were already vacant, 19 were moved other open positions, and 12 people opted to take an early retirement package. At the end of staff cuts 15 people will be laid off.

The other part of the redesign involves consolidating hospitals wings.

"The redesign process involves the combining of several medical units on different floors, and the closing of the Transitional Care Unit.  With that redesign we will be able to close our fifth floor and enjoy the economy of not trying to heat, cool, or clean that area of the hospital,” said LaRoque.

Hospital officials say patients may notice small changes when they come to the hospital due to the cuts.

"Ones that have been here before might see that instead of going to surgery on one floor, they are going to another area of the hospital to visit a surgical patient,” LaRoque.

LaRoque says another change; Ambulatory Care will move to the second floor and be combined with the Gastroenterology Unit.

Hospital officials say the fifth floor won’t close until Dec. 24th.
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