Kremmling Memorial Hospital District reduces staff by 10 percent |

Kremmling Memorial Hospital District reduces staff by 10 percent

The Kremmling Memorial Hospital District recently completed a 10 percent reduction in personnel, equating to about 15 positions, as part of a resolution passed by the medical center’s board of directors in March of last year.

The reductions in personnel did not affect clinical personnel for the hospital district, so no doctors or nurses were affected by the reduction. Some support and contract positions were eliminated or allowed to expire, according to Cole White, CEO of the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District.

The reduction in staff spawned from the hospital district’s efforts to benchmark with some other hospitals that are the same size, White said. Hospital officials gauged the number of staff necessary to run the hospital district’s operations.

“We are just trying to get our staffing models right because we need to be more prudent with those models,” White said. “Right now we could see 30 to 40 percent more people before we would have to add more staff,” he said.

The medical center is on par with its budget at this time and does not attribute the reductions in staffing to financial troubles, according to White. The medical center is trying to become more lean, White said, partially to try to reduce costs to customers.

The medical center has successfully reduced the cost of lab work by 35 percent since the medical center started operation, according to White.

Providing affordable services and transparent pricing is the main goal of the hospital district, White said.

“The worst part about health care is nobody knows what it costs,” he said. “We want people to know what the price of the bill will be before they leave.” Patients are accustomed to being billed after health care services are rendered due to the need of the hospital to calculate what services cost before billing the patient. This is largely due to the constant changes in health care costs and insurance costs.

White also spoke about the high cost of health care and the need to try to reduce those costs. “If it is a reasonable price, you are more likely going to get the care you need,” he said.

White provided an example of a parent with a child who has an earache who doesn’t take the child in because they are afraid of what the cost to see a physician could be. If the child actually does need medical attention, then the child’s condition could become worse if that child is not seen.

White also spoke about the coming changes in insurance and the health care provision, which will affect both the hospital district and its patients.

White said he hopes provide services to help patients understand their options as health care laws change.

“We want to help you understand that stuff before treatment, not after,” White said.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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