Report: CEO says big changes coming to North Memorial Hospital

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Big changes are coming in early 2013 to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, according to a memo from North Memorial Health Care's CEO obtained by the Star Tribune.

Larry Taylor noted in a memo Thursday that North Memorial "cannot wait weeks or months to make these changes," and that the pending overhaul to "realign and resize" the 518-bed hospital to become "more the size of a suburban hospital."

According to the Star Tribune, Taylor said the changes are needed to remain competitive in a new health care environment, and noted that the "major changes" will involve leadership positions, including layoffs. The Star Tribune story says that staff would be cut, but does not not specify how many.

Regarding nurses at North Memorial, union officials said no nurses have received two-week notices from the facility, which would be required before layoffs.

Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association ratified a new contract at six hospitals -- including North Memorial -- on Thursday. The new contract, which takes effect in June, offers a 4.5 percent raise for nurses over the next three years.

North Memorial did not respond to requests for interviews with hospital officials, and Taylor did not respond to the paper's email.

The hospital did, however, issue a statement, saying they've made leadership changes to create "an organizational structure that addresses the dynamic landscape of our health care environment and positions us to continue to provide remarkable care to our patients."

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