Roseland Hospital in Chicago is caught in the middle of a tough economy. Just this week, more than 60 pink slips were handed out. That’s about 13 percent of its staff.
The hospital is now pleading with the state for an additional $7 million dollars in funding. It is the only hospital within an 8 mile radius in an area that has seen its fair share of violence lately. It’s not a trauma center but last year 35 shooting victims went to Roseland first, then trauma centers.
Roseland has had some management issues in the past which is what the state says it’s concerned about. The hospital brought down its debt recently from $9 million to $4 million, but with more than 40 percent of its patients uninsured, they are simply taking baby steps in fixing the problem.
The governor’s office released a statement saying, “The Governor is concerned about Roseland’s financial viability. The hospital plays a vital role as an anchor for the community. That’s why upon learning of the hospital’s problems, he immediately directed senior staff to lead discussions with Roseland executives and community leaders several weeks ago to explore how the state, city and federal governments can partner to help Roseland adapt to today’s changing health care landscape.”
The governor’s office says it wants to make sure Roseland has a long term plan. They are waiting for paperwork from the hospital outlining that plan but so far they say that has not happened.
In the meantime, the clock is ticking which could lead to more layoffs in the future.