POTTSTOWN, PA — Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has confirmed that business operations for the hospital and several others owned by Community Health Systems will be consolidated in Easton, moving 30 jobs there.
Hospital spokeswoman Debra Bennis provided the following statement after The Mercury contacted her seeking confirmation of a tip: “Providing patients with quality health care while operating an efficient organization is one of our top priorities. To keep hospital resources focused on our patients, we are moving our business office functions to a centralized, external office in Easton. This transition will also enhance operational efficiencies through technological advances for scheduling appointments. All 30 affected employees are being offered a position with the central business office or another area of our hospital. We value these individuals and appreciate the professionalism they bring to our organization.”
A business office worker who contacted The Mercury, and whose name has been withheld, said the office workers were gathered into a meeting Sept. 11 during which the hospital’s CEO and CFO informed them of the change.
“Our business model has changed a little bit, and our efficiency has increased. So we eliminated positions we no longer need,” the spokesperson said.
The affected positions were in art production and sales support. New technology was one factor in the need for fewer people, the spokesperson said. The second and more significant factor was a change in how some markets are being served.
The City of York, PA has four fire stations and a staff of 67 firefighters. However, like all municipalities, York is looking at ways to cut costs. Kim Bracey, York’s Mayor, said she will not close/merge any fire stations or cut staff if it will cut response time. However, Mayor Bracey said the Fire Committee is looking into options like regionalization and cooperative agreements with other fire services organizations, including volunteers.
Emergency services costs are a big-ticket budget item and Bracey said city government needs to be responsible stewards of the taxpayer’s money. If working together as a regional fire department can achieve the same high-quality results, at a lower cost, that option needs to be explored. It has worked for many police departments. York County already has regional police departments. The Fire Committee will present their fire/EMS modernization plan to the public on April 5th.
The City of York has 43,718 residents (2010 census) and a land area of 5.20 square miles. Mayor Bracey was the city’s Community Development Director before being elected mayor.