Radiology cut at Morenci Health Center 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

A slowdown in the demand for services has led to the elimination of the radiology department at the Morenci Health Center.

“On an ongoing basis, we look at ways to operate more efficiently,” said Tedra White, director of media relations at ProMedica Health System. “With radiology volumes in Morenci being down to about three to four tests a week, we decided to consolidate those services and offer them in one location, which is our Hudson outpatient facility.”

White said the demand for laboratory services and physical rehabilitation services remains strong and there are no plans to eliminate those services.

One long-time employee, Mary Jo Brewer, was laid off last week as part of a workforce restructuring effort that effected more than 30 positions in ProMedica’s north region facilities in Michigan. Some employees were laid off and others had reductions in hours scheduled.

“The decision to reduce our workforce is never easy,” White said. “We have been confronted with many economic challenges that other hospitals and health care systems in our state and around the nation are facing. In order to remain financially stable, we will continue to take prudent steps to control expenses.”

ProMedica’s commitment to patient care remains the top priority, she said, and high standards of quality will not be compromised.

The restructuring has no impact on the office of Dr. William Gray, White said.

She added that the Charles Fay Village senior citizen complex remains available for area residents looking for an independent living facility.

“We have initiated discussions with the city of Morenci to work with city officials and other constituents to explore how our facility may best serve the community’s needs,” White said.

The facility closed in 2007 when ProMedica announced plans to convert the building from assisted living to independent living.

  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Front.sculpta
    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • Shadow.salon
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.bank.2
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
  • Front.make.three
    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016