Sturgis Hospital prepares for changes

Sturgis Hospital has announced a number of impending changes following a series of measures adopted by its board members.

According to hospital officials, the following moves are being implemented to help strengthen its financial position and prepare for the future:

■ Sturgis Hospital Board of Directors has told hospital administration to seek and evaluate potential partners whose assets can enhance and strengthen the future outlook.

■ Operational changes will affect the equivalent of 15 to 20 full-time positions throughout the organization, including departments of the hospital and the hospital-owned physician practices.

■ Constantine/White Pigeon AM/PM Care Plus will close May 1.

■ Reworking hours of operation in hospital departments and services to better match the needs of patients and more effectively managing costs.

Rob LaBarge, president and CEO of Sturgis Hospital, said there has been a decline in inpatient and outpatient services since the beginning of the fiscal year. Meanwhile, costs have increased for wages, supplies and pharmaceuticals.

In December 2017, the hospital closed the pain and wound clinics and cut other spending, while seeking new revenue sources.

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