OHS holds public hearing on consolidation of Manchester and Rockville hospitals
October 13 — The Office of Health Strategy is holding a virtual public hearing to discuss a certificate of need filed by Prospect ECHN to consolidate Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital under one license.
The plan provides for the removal of RGH’s license; instead, the hospital would be under MMH’s license and, according to Deborah Weymouth, CEO of Prospect ECHN, would become MMH’s Rockville campus.
ECHN officials said the consolidation would result in administrative cost savings in areas such as billing and medical records management and create a smoother experience for patients treated at both facilities.
Weymouth said there were no plans to cut services at both hospitals.
Public comments were mixed.
State Senator Mr Saud Anwar, D-South Windsor, who works as a physician within the ECHN system, said he supports consolidation, which he said would allow a “seamless transition” for patients transferred between the two establishments. He said the increased efficiency would reduce medical errors. Manchester Mayor Jay Moran has also spoken out in favor of the plan.
But several members of AFT Connecticut, a union representing medical workers, teachers, and state and local employees, opposed the consolidation, arguing that ECHN officials were working to strip the Rockville General Hospital for its employees and resources.
Glen Maloney, mechanic at RGH and Chief of Connecticut AFT Local 5121, said patients are often “taken” to other hospitals that can meet their medical needs, and he said RGH is “worse now than it is. has never been in its history. “
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