Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, Poplarville, Miss. has eliminated 19 positions and reduced hours for other workers to address financial problems.
The Picayune (Miss.) Item
reports hospital administrator Steve Vaughan says in a statement increasing reductions in Medicare
reimbursements prompted the action.
Vaughn says the majority of the cut positions were not involved with providing direct patient care.
Hospital Board President Scott Alsobrooks says most of the patients at the hospital and nursing home are Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Board of Supervisors President J. Patrick Lee says the board and administration at the county-owned hospital had two choices, one was to make cuts to operate in the black or shut the doors and everyone would lose.
Lee says the board of supervisors is working closely with the hospital.