NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Sound Shore Medical Center employees from Healthcare Workers East 1199 protested on Thursday against Sound Shore Health System's decision to reduce operating expenses in order to balance costs with revenues.
“The changing health-care environment and the needs of the communities we serve require our diligence in reducing costs while providing programs and services that benefit all,” the center said in a statement. “With this restructuring, we have accomplished this and are positioned for a stronger future,” it said.
Eighty full-time positions are being eliminated by the system between Sound Shore Medical Center, and Mount Vernon Hospital.
The center said the reductions are a result of changes in the health-care environment.
The reduction in cost also includes policies for refunding Medicare and Medicaid money, and providing more than $30 million in uncompensated care for patients who have little or no health insurance in the area that Sound Shore services.
“The downsizing is at all levels and includes physicians, nurses, management and support personnel, the center said. "In restructuring, close attention was given to maintaining high-quality patient care, which has been accomplished,” it said.