Akron General Medical Center has decided to change its current semi-private rooms to private rooms for its medical and surgical patients and that means 30 hospital employees will lose their jobs. Originally 60 employees were to be displaced by the change, but half that number will be re-assigned to other jobs at the hospital.
The conversion will also mean a decline in hospital rooms from 411 to 376. Akron General Health System President Dr. Tim Stover says health care reform, a reduction in government reimbursement, more charity care and increased competition are among the reasons the hospital moved to change it's operation.
News Release From Akron General Medical Center
Akron General Health System is taking the lead in Akron and joining a major trend in improving patient satisfaction by converting to single-patient, private hospital rooms.
Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) will no longer utilize semi-private rooms for medical and surgical patients. This conversion is expected to take place fully by October 9th, with the exception of our psychiatric units, which will remain partially semi-private. Maternity, Labor & Delivery and Intensive Care Units all remain private rooms.
This transformation has necessitated a review of staffing. With a lower capacity for medical and surgical patients, we are matching our staffing to patient volumes to improve the patient experience.
We believe that this model of care will transform the patient experience at AGMC by improving the quality of patient care and providing excellence in the patient experience. Patients largely prefer private rooms and we believe this is the best model of care.
There are several major benefits to patients:
A quieter, more comfortable, private environment for healing and recovery of the patient
Room to accommodate patient families and visitors in a more private and collaborative setting
Reduced infection risk for all patients
Additional room space for patient safety
By converting our care model to private rooms, medical and surgical patient capacity for AGMC will decline slightly, from 411 to 376 beds, which more accurately reflects our trending inpatient volume. This change results in a workforce reduction of approximately 30 positions, including management personnel. Decisions requiring staff reductions are not taken lightly. We value all of our associates yet realize that this kind of care transformation requires changes in staffing.
This initiative is part of our response to the rapidly changing health care landscape to ensure we continue to provide the service, quality, comfort and safety patients expect, as well as strengthen our system financially by streamlining our operations and conserving resources.
Health care reform, a reduction in government reimbursement, more charity care and increased competition are among the leading forces requiring all health care systems to drastically re-engineer their services and operating models. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.
Akron General Health System is working tirelessly to meet these challenges while ensuring the safest, highest quality care possible provided in a pleasant, convenient and patient-friendly environment.