News Release Date : 11/21/2012
Adjusting to a Changing HealthCare Environment
As part of the evolving change of health care, St. Mary’s of Michigan is responding to a challenging environment that calls for us to deliver low-cost, high-quality care in the communities we serve. Reimbursement to healthcare providers continues to shrink which means hospitals and all providers need to adapt to this reality.
"While we are busy and providing volumes of care comparable to last year, the type of patients we are seeing is changing,” states John Graham, President & CEO of St. Mary’s of Michigan. "We are not caring for as many highly complicated, surgical patients. We are seeing a mix of medical patients, which means patients with chronic medical conditions are receiving treatment in other ways that does not include being hospitalized, like outpatient treatment, which costs less than inpatient care. In addition, primary care physicians are helping patients better manage their health conditions.”
"While we continually look at ways to reduce costs from the health system, it is with heavy hearts that we must implement a work-force adjustment for some of our associates,” notes Graham.
Approximately 70 associates are directly impacted with changes occurring to their work schedules; this includes the elimination of 24 positions.
Additionally, outpatient services hours of operation are being modified and some services are being consolidated at a few locations.
St. Mary’s of Michigan remains committed to maintaining the highest clinical quality and safety for our patients. The changes made will not affect direct patient care.
"St. Mary’s of Michigan is a values-based ministry, and we respect and have compassion for all affected associates during this time,” said Graham.