UTICA, N.Y. — The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) announced it is consolidating outpatient imaging services, in a move that will cause 14 employees to lose their current jobs. It is working to find them jobs elsewhere in the organization.
MVHS is relocating the outpatient medical imaging services at the MVHS Medical Arts building on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford. The 14 employees work in that building. The services will now be provided by other locations within its health-care system.
MVHS said it is making the change for “improved delivery of care for the patients and improved efficiency for the care team.”
“We will be working with the employees to discuss the processes available to them going forward,” Shannon Mathewson, VP of operations for MVHS, said in a news release. “Throughout these transitions, we make every effort to support our employees impacted by the changes and work with them to secure positions within the organization whenever possible.”
The changes will occur during March and April, according to the release.
BJNN asked MVHS about how many of the affected employees might be retained and how many will have to seek employment elsewhere.
“We are working with all affected employees and union representatives toward retaining their employment within MVHS. This process is currently in discussion. After an agreement is reached, we will have more information,” Jack Davis, VP of human resources and chief human resources officer at MVHS, said in an email response.
The Medical Arts location currently provides outpatient mammography, ultrasound, X-ray, computed tomography (CT), and bone-density services.
MVHS plans to move the mammography and breast-ultrasound services to the Imaging Center of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) located in the Utica Business Park.
“The ability to consolidate all of our mammography and breast-ultrasound services to one location has a tremendous benefit for our patients,” Mathewson said in the release. “The facility has the technology, care team, and design to support the needs of this patient population. In the coming weeks, we will be working with our patients to reschedule their appointments and provide more information specific to their needs.”
MVHS also plans to consolidate other services, including CT, general and vascular ultrasound, to the St. Elizabeth campus. It’ll also move general X-ray and bone density to the Faxton campus.
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