The CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital, Peter Gosline, has written a letter to address many of the recent changes and additions at MCH.
Recently, Monadnock Community Hospital has had to make some tough decisions to put us back on track financially and prepare us for challenges that lay ahead as the health care industry continues to evolve. Eliminating positions is never easy and it is the last place we look. Our employees are our most valuable assets and we don’t enter into these decisions lightly. As reported in last week’s article in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript, job placement support is being offered to each of the 17 employees whose position was eliminated and we are doing whatever we can to assist impacted employees with a successful transition. For some employees, our Human Resources Department has been ble to offer a similar position by filling vacancies here at MCH. Additionally, in some ases we have been able to set up interviews for open positions at nearby hospitals.
I want to assure our community that we will continue to offer the same quality and compassionate care that you have come to rely on.
In fact, we are growing in a number of important areas:
- We have had a record setting year in the area of primary care, adding 8 new Family Practice or Internal Medicine providers in the past 12 months.
- Our physicians and nurse practitioners have opened an extended hours clinic on the hospital campus from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 5 days a week, increasing our patients’ access to primary care.
- Our maternity service will be opening a new Birthing Tub room to offer all of our mothers options for laboring and delivering with the benefits of water therapy.
- Our new operating rooms are seeing increased surgical business as we provide state-of-the-art care close to home.
- This Fall we will be welcoming another orthopaedic surgeon to our staff joining Dr. Ron Michalak and Monadnock Orthopeadic Associates. We are also building our general surgery practice to respond to a growing need for these services in our community.
- In partnership with Peterborough Fire and Ambulance, our growing emergency service is increasing providing the highest level of service for a rural community.
- Our helicopter transport service facilitates over 100 flights a year and continues to work in partnership with major hospitals in New England to provide life-saving care.
Although we don’t have control over decisions to reduce reimbursement by the State of New Hampshire, which has impacted MCH revenues by well over $1 million each year for the foreseeable future, we do have a responsibility to act as good stewards for our community hospital. We need to ensure that we do everything possible to preserve comprehensive, high-quality health care for the members of our community in the Monadnock Region.
I am tremendously grateful for all of the dedicated people associated with Monadnock Community Hospital who help us sustain our mission. I appreciate your strong support through these challenging times. We have overcome many challenges in our 89 year history, and with your support, I am confident we will do so again.