Machias Hospital Trims Payroll

MACHIAS — After turning back the threat of closure last year, officials at Down East Community Hospital have pared the payroll to strengthen the hospital’s finances in the coming fiscal year.


CEO Doug Jones said the hospital will save nearly $1 million in its budget for the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1, by reducing hours and eliminating positions, by not filling vacant positions and by deferring the creation of new positions that have been included in the budget.

Jones said all positions were reviewed in the context of whether they are essential and all cuts were driven by current volumes for services. He said that each of the proposed new positions carried compelling reasons for their establishment and each represented ways to help with current workloads.

He said three full-time positions were eliminated Monday and several full-time jobs were reduced to half-time positions.

Despite the $1 million savings, the hospital’s FY 2011 budget anticipates an operating loss of $750,000.

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