WOONSOCKET — Landmark Medical Center has laid-off another 22 of its employees but the staffing cuts, following an earlier 31 layoffs, will not diminish the quality of patient care, according to the hospital.
The layoffs were the result of a downturn in the Cass Avenue-based hospital corporation’s patient census and the need to reduce costs, according to Bill Fischer, Landmark’s spokesman.
“We are delivering high quality hospital care every day and have to make decisions on staffing based on our patient census,” Fischer said. Fischer said the staff reductions were made throughout Landmark’s departments and he could not detail specific employee groups as being affected.
“It is just happening in an across-the-board way,” he said.
The latest round of layoffs comes as Landmark and its new prospective buyer, the Prime Healthcare for-profit hospital chain in California, work to complete an extensive acquisition application required under the state’s Hospital Conversion Act. The paperwork submissions are due on Dec. 3 and that process is being supervised by Jonathan Savage, the special master appointed by Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein to run the long fiscally troubled Landmark.
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