Financial Future Uncertain for St. Catherine’s Medical Center and Employees

We were saddened to read the news in last week’s Republican Herald about potential financial problems at St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Fountain Springs. A series of mandatory meetings with employees were held by the administration at the end of last week. In the article, Merlyn E. Knapp, president/CEO of St. Catherine’s, is quoted as saying, “The message to our employees this morning was stay calm, work with us and give us some time to resolve these difficult issues.”

The article reported that several workers who were leaving the meetings complained that some employees were getting their paychecks late. They were told that “some people didn’t get paid because their (hospital) bank account was frozen.” Although the last payday was Fri., March 16, many employees did not receive their checks until Monday and Wednesday of last week.

The employees also told the paper that they sometimes find themselves short on supplies. One employee is quoted as saying, “In general, it’s in every department where they’re short of items.”

Despite these issues, Knapp is quoted in the article as saying that there are no layoffs “at this time.”

It will be interesting to see how this situation develops and we hope for the best for the hospital’s administration, employees, and patients. The health care industry can be physically demanding for nurses, CNAs, and aides who work to insure all patients are properly cared for. In doing so, some employees run the risk of injuries such as slipped discs when lifting patients or back strain when carrying heavy loads. It’s important to remember that if you do injury yourself on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for your injuries. For help with what to do, contact the workers’ comp attorneys at O’Connor Law for a free review of your case.

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