MMH Summary Report to the Community
Massena Memorial Hospital has developed a comprehensive report reflecting what we’ve learned during the public information process designed to help determine the hospital’s future. The report has been delivered to the Massena Town Board, posted to www.futureofmmh.org , given to the department managers to share with the staff and is available at hospital.
Earlier this year, the MMH Board of Managers recommended to the Massena Town Board that the hospital would best be able to continue providing local, quality hospital care and good jobs by transitioning to an independent nonprofit organization. Currently, MMH is the only remaining town-owned hospital in the state.
MMH recognizes how important this decision is to the entire community and wanted to make sure we had the best thinking from the entire community. We thank everyone who attended a meeting, visited www.futureofmmh.org, took a survey or made a suggestion.
Though a number of ideas were developed, considered and pursued, the MMH Board of Managers stands by its recommendation that the hospital become an independent nonprofit. Becoming a nonprofit is the only solution that allows MMH to do the two things it needs to do to survive: drastically reduce operating costs by exiting the NYS pension system with its more than $4 million a year obligation; and fully collaborate with other health care institutions, which MMH can’t do as a municipal entity.
During the public information process, MMH’s finances continued to worsen. Without definitive action, MMH will be forced to close no later than 2017 and perhaps much sooner.
The Future of Massena Memorial Hospital Report to the Community, Executive Summary:
• On April 10, 2014, Massena Memorial Hospital launched a public information process designed to solicit a wide range of ideas, questions and comments from the entire community about the hospital’s future.
• The enclosed report reflects what MMH learned from the public information process.
• Though a number of ideas were developed considered and, in some cases, pursued, the MMH Board of Managers stands by its recommendation that the hospital become an independent nonprofit.
• MMH’s priority is always to serve the best interests of its patients and their families, its employees and the community we serve by making sure we continue to have access to quality, local hospital care.
• Becoming a nonprofit is the only solution that gives MMH a chance to recover financially by exiting the NYS pension system (and, therefore, eliminating a more than $4 million a year obligation) and to develop the collaborative affiliations with other health care institutions that the hospital needs to continue providing the full range of quality health care services to the community.
• As a town-owned municipal hospital, MMH can’t fully collaborate with other health care institutions – and collaborative partnerships will be critical to the ongoing survival of small and rural hospitals like MMH.
• MMH is the second-largest employer in Massena. We want to be fair to all of our employees. Becoming a nonprofit will preserve good jobs. We expect the new nonprofit will continue to recognize the hospital’s existing unions and offer a new pension program.
• If we do nothing, MMH will be forced to close no later than 2017, and perhaps much sooner.
• Even with the promised Interim Access Assurance Fund grant from the NYS Department of Health, MMH’s financial situation is becoming increasingly dire. – We are now at the point where MMH has to start making staffing and service cuts.
To view the report, please see the attached Community Summary Report.