EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Employees at East Liverpool City Hospital received an email from hospital President and CEO Ken Cochran Tuesday saying the hospital was closing its obstetrics and pediatric wards by the end of August.
According to the email, these, and other changes would mean about 10 percent of the hospital’s staff would be laid off, nearly 50 people.
According to the email, the cuts were coming because the hospital couldn’t complete a merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners. That merger relied on the hospital coming to a contract agreement with the Nurses union.
The union overwhelmingly rejected the hospital’s latest offer.
Cochran said the hospital loses over $1 million annually in the obstetrics department, according to WKBN’s print partner, The Morning Journal.
The Morning Journal also noted that Hospital Nurses Union President Mary Kay Hoppel thought the change could mean the elimination of up to 30 nursing positions and that other union positions could be affected in the future.