Earlier this month, the East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) submitted a WARN notice with the Ohio Office of Workforce Development. The letter explains that the company will be permanently closing its hospital and related facilities in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The hospital is located at 90 North Street in Martins Ferry.
The closure is expected to take place on or around October 7, 2019. The letter explains that the closure is the direct result of a national trend that many rural hospitals are facing including declining inpatient care due to a lower daily census, reductions to Medicare payments, and the cost of maintaining aging facilities.
As a result of the impending closure, the company will be eliminating 343 positions. These workers are not represented by a union. Therefore, they will not have access to bumping rights. The impacted workers may be eligible to receive state unemployment compensation.
The full WARN notice can be found here.