As a result of declining medical admissions, Kenmore Mercy Hospital will close its Patient Care Unit known as 3 West on Jan. 12 and consolidate remaining patients into other units of the facility, officials announced Tuesday.
About 30 employees will be displaced by the consolidation of nursing units. It’s hoped that most and perhaps all of the nurses, nurse’s aides and unit clerks will move to other positions at Kenmore Mercy or at other facilities in Catholic Health, said JoAnn Cavanaugh, spokeswoman for the hospital system.
The hospital distinguishes between patients admitted for medical reasons and those admitted for surgery. The average number of monthly medical admissions at the hospital decreased by 15 percent over the last four months, officials said. The decline was attributed to such measures as preventing unnecessary readmissions and providing care in alternative, less costly settings.
“This trend is not exclusive to Kenmore Mercy, and we expect it to continue,” James M. Millard, president and CEO, said in a statement. “While health reform is working, hospitals across the country are seeing their medical admissions decline as we find new and better ways to care for patients in more appropriate health care settings.”
Millard said the hospital is seeing increased growth in its orthopedic services.