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30 positions to be eliminated from Eastern Panhandle hospital system

September 14, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A decision to consolidate patient financial services at West Virginia University Hospitals-East with WVU Hospitals in Morgantown will affect 30 employees who work in Martinsburg, a WVUH-East spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

The phase-out of WVUH-East’s financial services office along Tavern Road in Martinsburg is slated to be completed by December 2012 and will result in the elimination of 30 positions at that office, according to WVUH-East spokeswoman Teresa E. McCabe.

Five customer-service representatives will remain at WVUH-East, according to McCabe.

Twenty of the 30 jobs are being moved to Morgantown, she said. The affected employees will be given the opportunity to apply for positions in Morgantown along with the option of a “work-from-home” program that has been successfully established there, McCabe said.

The employees also will be considered for any other WVUH-East open positions based on specific qualifications, she said.

“This restructuring is a result of our efforts to improve our technology and streamline our computer system with the system in Morgantown,” McCabe said in an emailed statement.

McCabe could not specify what the hospital system may net in financial savings from the move.

The decision to convert the financial services computer system at both WVUH-East Hospitals — City Hospital in Martinsburg and Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. — led to the decision to consolidate, McCabe said.

The Eastern Panhandle hospitals are converting from Meditech to the EPIC system, which WVU Hospitals in Morgantown and all of the system’s physician practices use, McCabe said.

She also noted that a condition attached to certain federal stimulus funding requires a fully integrated safety component in all electronic medical records.

The federal requirement prompted the conversion decision, which McCabe said was made several months ago.

Launched in January 2005, WVU Hospitals-East united City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital with WVU Hospitals in Morgantown to create a new, not-for-profit health care delivery system for the Eastern Panhandle.

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