UPDATE: St. Joseph’s Closing By End of Year; 60 People Losing Jobs

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UPDATE 8:30 a.m. Camden Clark Medical Center representatives say the St. Joseph’s campus is closing by the end of this year and 60 people will lose their jobs.

CCMC originally said consolidation of the Camden Clark and St. Joseph’s campuses would happen in 2017.

This time frame was based on demand for inpatient services in fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

But CCMC says inpatient demand declined drastically over the last 12 months, meaning the Camden Clark campus alone can now accommodate patients.

As a result, the St. Joseph’s campus is closing to all inpatients by August 15, and to all other hospital patients by November 30.

This does not include the professional office building, which will stay open indefinitely for patients seeing doctors there.

The transitional care unit is closing by August 1 and there are no plans to reopen it in the near future.

CCMC says 163 positions will be cut, but the majority of those people will be offered jobs within the hospital.

Still, 60 people will lose their jobs with CCMC.

Layoffs will be in the following departments: dietary, housekeeping, physical therapy, social services, communications, materials management, patient access and billing, imaging (including CT, echo and radiology), pharmacy, engineering, respiratory therapy and guest relations.

CCMC says consolidating services to one campus will be more convenient for patients and increase efficiency.

This article was contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg