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Niagara Falls Memorial to reduce management salaries, furlough 52 employees

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Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 18:43:16-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced it has begun to take action to offset revenue losses and expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday the medical center furloughed 52 employees, Friday it was announced management would receive salary cuts.

"The cuts will range from 20 percent for Memorial’s chief executive officer to 7 percent for department directors and other members of the management team," a release states. "Medical center administrators, including its vice presidents, will see a 10 percent reduction in pay."

Officials say the 52 furloughs will not impact patient care at the bedside and the medical center will continue to recruit and hire physicians, nurses and other direct patient care personnel.

“The public health crisis we are enduring due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disastrous impact on the finances of hospitals across the country, including here at Niagara Falls Memorial,” President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said in a staff memo announcing the pay cuts.

The salary reductions will remain in place until further notice.