The chief executive officer of Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga is leaving, stating his plans a week after announcing the facility is eliminating 33 jobs. Chip Holmes, the Inter-Lakes CEO for the past two-and-a-half years, has accepted a position with Quorum Health Resources, effective April 4.
The chief executive officer of Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga is leaving, stating his plans a week after announcing the facility is eliminating 33 jobs.
Chip Holmes, the Inter-Lakes CEO for the past two-and-a-half years, has accepted a position with Quorum Health Resources, effective April 4.
QHR is a Tennessee-based company that provides executive management and consulting services to not-for-profit hospitals throughout the country.
Charles Miceli, vice president of supply chain and information services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, will serve as interim Inter-Lakes CEO until a permanent replacement is named.
Miceli served as interim Inter-Lakes CEO in 2011, prior to Holmes’ appointment.
Holmes and Miceli serve the Ti facility through an agreement with Fletcher Allen Executive Services, LLC, which provides management services to oversee ILH operations.
“I want to recognize Chip for his excellent work in leading Inter-Lakes Health; he will be missed,” Sandra Bolton, chairwoman of the ILH board of directors, said. “Chip has done an excellent job of preparing Inter-Lakes to explore affiliation with CPI.
“Meanwhile, I am pleased that Charlie Miceli is returning to us from Fletcher Allen as interim CEO,” she said. “Charlie held that position in 2011 prior to Chip joining us.”
The administrative changes come as Inter-Lakes Health is working to formally affiliate with Fetcher Allen Partners of Burlington. ILH has signed a memorandum of understanding with Plattsburgh-based Community Providers Inc. to explore affiliation. CPI is the parent company of CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital and is a member of Fletcher Allen Partners.
The move, when approved, will make Inter-Lakes a member of FAP as well, Bolton said. FAP is the parent organization of CPI, Central Vermont Medical Center and Fletcher Allen Health Care. The proposed affiliation is subject to review and approval by the Fletcher Allen Partners Board and the New York State Health Department.
The move would give ILH access to shared administrative and clinical resources that could lower operational costs and enhance patient care, Bolton said.
“Speaking for Fletcher Allen Partners, and John Brumsted, the Partners CEO, we are excited to be exploring affiliation with ILH,” Stephens Mundy, president and CEO of CVPH Medical Center, CPI and Fletcher Allen Partners executive vice president for Northern New York, said.
“I want to assure the people served by ILH that the organization will continue to provide needed services to the region,” Mundy said. “With the many changes taking place at ILH, we will focus on completing the due diligence that is part of the process and concluding the affiliation as quickly as we can. I anticipate that the process will be completed within a few months.”
Holmes announced Inter-Lakes Health is eliminating 33 full-time positions Feb. 13.
The cuts will have no impact on patient care, he stressed. The hospital’s emergency department will continue to be fully-staffed and operating 24 hours a day.
Inter-Lakes Health includes Moses-Ludington Hospital, Heritage Commons Residential Health Care, Moses-Ludington Adult Care, Inter-Lakes Dental Clinic and Lord Howe Estates. It employs 289 people and is Ticonderoga’s second-largest employer.
Holmes said the cuts are necessary for Inter-Lakes’ long-term financial health. The health care group lost more than $3 million last fiscal year, he said, citing factors such as more outpatient care rather than inpatient care and continued cuts in reimbursement programs.
Thirteen of the cuts were immediate. Those jobs include ancillary and support positions in the hospital and nursing home. The 13 staff members will receive vacation pay, health insurance coverage through March and employment assistance.
Ten positions will be eliminated through attrition and retirements. Those include senior management and frontline positions.
Ten other positions will be converted from full-time to part-time positions. Staff currently employed in those positions will be offered the opportunity to remain in part-time roles.
Holmes said Inter-Lakes has also consolidated units of the nursing home, implemented a hiring freeze, deferred raises, reduced overtime and capped paid-time off and long-term sick hour banks.
Inter-Lakes Health’s nursing home, Heritage Commons, is one of four long-term care facilities that have come together to study how collaborating to share services and maximize benefits of economy of scale may end financial losses at these facilities. The group, called the Blue Line Group, is being funded with a $7.1 million grant from the state.