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Deaconess Hospital continues to cut services

by Heather Mayer, DOTmed News Reporter | October 11, 2010
Deaconess Hospital of Cincinnati announced it will cut its older adult mental health program, another move to scale back its services.

The hospital said some employees will lose their jobs come Dec. 5, but it did not disclose how many jobs would be cut. The hospital is not alone in cutting jobs and services.

Deaconess said in a statement it would transition the program to another provider but did not identify which that would be. The hospital's parent company, Deaconess Associations Inc., is shrinking the hospital's scope "in an effort to apply its resources to other services that are more consistent with current community needs," according to a statement.

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The nonprofit hospital has been losing money for several years and closed its emergency department in January, according to media reports. In closing the ED, the hospital laid off 100 of its 410 employees. In August, the hospital announced it would close its surgery department, associated services and physician clinics as part of the restructuring process. It laid off 60 people, according to reports.

Regency Hospital, an independent long-term acute care provider, will remain on Deaconess' fourth floor. Deaconess is also in talks with other prospective tenants regarding leasing space, according to the hospital.

Deaconess Associations Inc. will continue operating its long-term care division, which owns 17 facilities in Ohio, Missouri and Kansas, as well as the Deaconess Foundation.