Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical made changes this past week, dropping programs and eliminating some jobs.
Changes are in store at Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center as both operations announced planned cuts this past week.
Aultman will end its alternative daily living department March 8. The department operates from the Aultman Woodlawn facility in Perry Township.
Mercy will stop offering hyperbaric oxygen treatment Feb. 28. The service was one of the services offered by Mercy’s wound care center.
The move by Aultman affects 17 employees who have been offered the opportunity to apply for other jobs at Aultman. One employee is affected by the change at Mercy.
Aultman spokeswoman Tiffany Zingg said the decision to close the alternative daily living department was the result of changing patient care needs related to home care.
The department had fewer than 20 clients who received the hourly services, which included light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care and companionship. The clients already have been notified and provided with information about agencies in the community that provide the services, Zingg said.
The move doesn’t affect Aultman Woodlawn’s home health program.
Aultman owns and manages a certified home care nursing program that averages 375 to 400 patients per day.
The program will remain open and Aultman is committed to meeting the need of home care patients, Zingg said.
At Mercy, ending the hyperbaric oxygen service won’t have an impact on other service the department offers, spokeswoman Cindy Hickey said. The wound care center will continue inpatient and outpatient services, including wound evaluation, treatment, education and prevention.
This week’s cuts by Aultman and Mercy come on the heels of Mercy’s decision to close its inpatient behavioral health unit, psychiatric care ward, next week. That move was made following a review of operations.
Hickey said Mercy continues to “assess all possible ways to further reduce operating expenses as the impacts of the Affordable Care Act come more into focus,” but added that currently hospital has no plans for additional workforce reductions.