Fri. 11:30 a.m.: Local health system plans layoffs

WARREN – ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which has several area facilities including Trumbull Memorial Hospital, plans to lay off an unspecified number of employees.

The health care system, owned by Franklin, Tenn.-based  Community Health Systems Inc. , has not said how many employees could be impacted, when the layoffs will take place or which positions are to be cut.

ValleyCare Health System released the following statement regarding the layoffs:

“We recently made the difficult decision to furlough and reduce hours for some employees. Our hospitals regularly review and adjust staffing based on the number of patients in our care and their medical needs. We remain focused on carefully managing operations to support our commitment to provide high-quality healthcare services to our community.”

Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses at Northside, today told Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN TV 27 that he was notified of the cuts and has been in discussion with managers about the matter.

ValleyCare Health System also includes Northside Medical Center in Youngstown and Hillside Rehabilitation in Warren. Plans include also cutting reducing some employees’ hours.

CHS recently said it was negotiating to sell 12 hospitals and other facilities, but did disclose which ones. Company leaders said they expected to complete the transactions this year.