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Eastern Niagara Hospital to cut 80 positions as part of restructuring plan

Eastern Niagara Hospital making cuts to save the entire operation
Posted at 3:54 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 15:54:04-05

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — Eastern Niagara Hospital announced Thursday it plans to cut roughly 80 full-time positions as it aims to restructure services under a new, "sustainable service model."

According to a press release issued by the hospital, surgical services will also be consolidated at the Niagara Regional Surgery Center located on South Transit Road in Lockport.

Intensive care services will be consolidated with Catholic Health. ENH patients requiring critical care will be transferred to the nearest Catholic Health hospital.

“The Hospital has met many challenges this past year, including its Chapter 11 reorganization during the COVID-19 pandemic", said Anne McCaffrey, ENH President & CEO. "We were fortunate to receive PPP funding earlier this year, but those funds have been depleted. As we prepare to move forward with our future plans for health care across the region, it’s important that we make these last changes and be cost effective for the next two years and beyond. Our new partnership with Catholic Health presents us with many innovative opportunities to create service integrations. We are proactively designing our health care services today to match the future hospital to be constructed. Our ability to now consolidate services with a larger system, will enable us to continue to meet patient needs across Niagara County – with a heightened focus on quality care and increased access to specialty services and providers.”

Hospital leadership says it will be working with Catholic Health to help find employment opportunities for any displaced workers.

These changes are now being submitted to the New York State Department of Health for approval.