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Meritus Medical Center eliminating 15 positions

Affected employees to be offered training, other jobs at hospital

June 21, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Meritus Medical Center is eliminating about 15 positions in a consolidation effort, but affected employees will be offered other jobs at the hospital, Meritus Vice President Kelly Corbi said Tuesday.
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Meritus Medical Center is eliminating about 15 positions in a consolidation effort, but affected employees will be offered other jobs at the hospital, Meritus Vice President Kelly Corbi said Tuesday.

The reductions, which affect maintenance, marketing, human resources and finance personnel, were announced last week, said Corbi, who is vice president for human resources, planning and development.

"The reason we have the reduction is due to the campus consolidation," Corbi said. "By moving the hospital onto the same campus as Robinwood (Professional) Center, we did have some duplication in some of our positions."

The hospital, formerly called Washington County Hospital, moved from its downtown location to the new Robinwood site in December.

Corbi said the hospital's overall work-force numbers, which top 3,000 employees, were not being reduced.

Meritus is actively recruiting unit secretaries, phlebotomists, medical office secretaries and nursing assistants, she said.

When the reductions were announced, open positions in those fields were put under a seven-day freeze, during which employees affected by the reductions have the first rights to apply, Corbi said.

In addition, Meritus will pay for any retraining necessary for the employees to qualify for the openings, she said.

"We're offering the opportunity for, say they were a department assistant and they didn't have medical coding, or something that's required for a unit secretary," Corbi said. "We're paying for them to go to (Hagerstown Community College) and take the courses needed."

The employees will be able to start the new positions while they complete their training, she said.

Corbi said Meritus continues to hire additional registered nurses and recently made offers to 17 new nursing graduates.

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