MMH Fires 150+

Marietta Memorial Hospital is laying off more than 150 employees in a massive reorganization. RCNN contacted MMH for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

The news began to break last Friday when the hospital released a video to employees to “calm the rumors”. However, the administration also said they will not be honoring employees’ 403B for 2017. This is a tax sheltered annuity plan, or retirement.

Since Friday several nurses have contacted RCNN reporting the loss of their jobs. At the same time, ProLinkStaff has posted an advertisement for contract nurses to work at Marietta Memorial for $1500 a week. The ad says nurses are needed immediately with a start date of February 8.

Meantime, employees report being escorted off the premises “like thieves”.

And, indeed, the rumors are flying about the hospital system’s financial woes. Within the past couple of years the health system has opened a new emergency room and health care campus in Belpre. Fired employees are blaming the expansion and a new computer system for the money problems.

A number of people who contacted RCNN said they did so because they felt the local, traditional media would not report on the massive layoffs so as not to risk their advertising incomes from the hospital – which are substantial.

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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