There's more bad economic news for Hancock County. Hancock Medical
Center is laying off some employees. This comes just days after we
learned that the Waveland Kmart is closing.
In all, eight people
at the Medical Center have lost their jobs and others have had their
hours cut. The hospital's situation is causing concern in the community.
As word spread of the layoffs, many residents began to think the worst.
people are being laid off, what are we going to do if more people get
laid off? With things around town shutting down, what if the hospital
shuts down?" asked Waveland resident Haley Ladner.
leaders declined to go on camera, but said there is no danger of the
hospital closing. And that they were forced to make staffing changes to
help balance their budget.
"I'm concerned because the less staff that they have, the less that they can do," said Ladner.
Sheila Weisner worked as an RN at Hancock Medical Center in the early 1990s.
is just so much you can do," Weisner said. "When I was a nurse, it was
hard to do everything for every patient. We tried, but with lower staff,
it's going to be even harder."
A hospital spokesman told WLOX
News the hospital, which has served the people of Hancock County since
1960, will continue to provide the quality care to its patients as it
has in the past, and the changes would have no impact on that.
the hospital's written statement, it stated one of the hospital's
problems is patients' ability to pay for medical services rendered. And
that in the last 12 months alone, the hospital has had to absorb $11
million worth of non-payments.
"If you can imagine $11 million in
uncompensated care. I don't know how the hospital has been able to
manage that? We, as citizens, need to look at every time we make a
decision to go to a hospital outside of our area, that affects their
ability to meet their bottom line," said Tish Williams, Executive
Director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce.
said residents always need to support Hancock County businesses. She
said that's the only way county businesses, like the medical center,
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