Some hospitals may be laying off staff but not Atlantic General in Berlin.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, hospital CEO Michael Franklin told WBOC, that the facility has spent the last three years creating a safety net.
He said the hospital has gotten grants to offset increased costs and hired more nurses to take care of patients.
Franklin says the hospital has also been facing increasing cost of Medicare losing about a quarter of million dollars per quarter.
The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Delmarva’s largest such facility is laying off 58 employees with another 130 being offered voluntary buyout packages.
Despite the cuts the hospital says it will maintain its traditional quality of care and the ratio of care providers to beds.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the reduction comes in the face of falling inpatient numbers and reimbursement shortfalls.
The hospital says it is seeing 66 fewer inpatients on average than it did a year ago.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center has joined Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to bring a medical school to the Delmarva peninsula.
PRMC CEO and President Dr. Peggy Naleppa said that there was a shortage of physicians on the Shore.
WBOC reports that the plan would allow patients to get healthcare from physicians trained here rather than going to Baltimore.
Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach called the partnership a good fit.