AKRON, Ohio — Akron General Health System has announced it will reduce its workforce by about 30 positions, according to officials, in an effort to match staffing to patient volumes.
According to a release from Akron General, the change results from a plan to convert its semi-private rooms for medical and surgical patients to single, private rooms. The total beds in the system will increase from 376 to 411.
The change is expected to take place by Oct. 9, with the exception of the system’s psychiatric units. Officials said that the change “necessitated” a review of staffing.
“With a lower capacity for medical and surgical patients, we are matching our staffing to patient volumes to improve the patient experience,” according to the release.
Included in the workforce reduction are management personnel.
The release stated the following:
“Decisions requiring staff reductions are not taken lightly. We value all of our associates yet realize that this kind of care transformation requires changes in staffing. This initiative is part of our response to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape to ensure we continue to provide the service, quality, comfort and safety patients expect, as well as strengthen our system financially by streamlining our operations and conserving resources.”