Over the past week dozens of employees had been laid off at the Ellwood City Hospital, an action that left the community wondering what’s going on.
Updates about the current state of the Ellwood City Hospital have remained far and in between since information about the sale had been made public earlier this year.
On October 24, CEO Beverly Annarumo released the following statement on the sale of the hospital:
“We are getting very close to closing on the sale of the hospital. And yes, we did have a layoff yesterday. On the bright side, we were able to retain 273 people. Unfortunately, we did lose 40 very talented members of our hospital family. It was an awful day for everyone. Something that I hope to never have to do again. We needed to get the staff size down to a size that we could financially manage until we can start to grow our services under our new ownership. We couldn’t continue as we were.”
The Hospital is expecting to close on the sale with a Florida company, Americore Health LLC.
“What we can do is make every effort to make our services outstanding and grow our new business lines quickly with the hope that we can afford to bring back the valuable talent we lost. Please do what you can to support us so we can be here to help you and your family, friends and neighbors for many years to come.”
The Ellwood City Hospital has been a valuable asset to the community, bringing jobs and convenient health services to the local community for over one hundred years.
Annarumo recognizes the importance of the hospital in the community and hopes that the sacrifices made today will ultimately promise a better, more prosperous future for the hospital.