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.