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Forum Health report: Fewer hospitals needed in the future

Published: Wed, May 7, 2008 @ 11:19 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A report on Forum Health says the hospital system needs to prepare for a future that likely doesn’t have room for all the current hospitals in the Mahoning Valley.

The report released today by a consulting group says having two separate hospital systems, each with hospitals in Youngstown and Warren, “is likely unsustainable in the long term.” It notes that the area has an overcapacity of beds.

It doesn’t suggest closing any specific parts of Forum, however, which has been under financial pressures for some time.

Instead, the report recommends paying down debt, becoming more efficient, realigning labor costs and increasing patient volume.

The report by Chartis Group was commissioned by the Ohio attorney general’s office.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com.


1Bearcat411(10 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Lets talk about cost effectiveness in this organization. To begin with we have to look at Upper Mangt and their roles .In todays health care industy the need for Director's _Head Nurses is limited due to the staff they oversee.NOT Forum Northside.They have a total of 5 Nursing Directors--- Chief Nursing Officer and Head Nurses that over see a total of 170 + beds now...That number is going to be downsized to about 125-130 max....How can a company justify the need for so many managers.Forum talks about losing money when the contracts are due to be opened.Just several weeks ago they stated the Forum system was making a turn-around.NOW they are demanding to let the public know that the monies aren't there....HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM makes you wonder where it's being funneled to..Maybe a new car dealership ....Maybe someone's pocket..Maybe to another health care facilty in the Forum network...Who really knows but the mangt team has to be accountable to where and why these losses are occuring.They haven't been before maybe now they should be .Finally the System has to show not lie as they did in 2006___24 mill loss...when actual 1099 showed net profit of more then 3 mill..What was the Gross Profit.NO one knows >>>Maybe the Books of all the entities ...Forum_YHA INC.Northside Medical ect. would show the truth

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