Lenoir Memorial Hospital makes changes to save costs - WRBL

Lenoir Memorial Hospital makes changes to save costs

Posted: Updated:
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.
  • Don't Miss It!More>>

  • Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

    Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:01:59 GMT
    It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner...
    It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates...
  • Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track

    Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:33:14 GMT
    Egypt's antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4,600-year old pyramid to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."
    Egypt's antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."
  • Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

    Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:32:02 GMT
    Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.
    Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.