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.

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