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Topic: Hospital Budget

Hospital Budget Crisis

The Legislature's decision to hold onto Medicaid reimbursements, rather than using them to pay back the so-called "bed tax," has left the state's hospitals facing sharp cuts in income. Ten hospitals are suing over the change, but in the meantime a number are making sharp cuts in services, including layoffs and the end of such services as Rockingham Amublance and a psychiatric ward.

State files response to hospital lawsuit

The state attorney general argues that New Hampshire’s hospitals don’t have a right to expect a certain level of Medicaid payments and should drop their … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2011

Despite cutbacks, Nashua hospital’s growth continues

NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Medical Center is on its way to offering a wide variety of services focused on the muscular and skeletal systems … Full story    
Published:  September 25, 2011

Group backs national ambulance service to serve Nashua

NASHUA – A city advisory committee has recommended hiring a national ambulance company to replace Rockingham Ambulance at the end of the month. The Ambulance … Full story    
Published:  September 21, 2011

GOP pair pushing to save Medicaid funds

CONCORD – Gov. John Lynch’s predecessor as governor and his 2010 Republican opponent backed New Hampshire’s effort to keep from losing $35 million in federal … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2011

State’s response to hospitals’ suit due soon

CONCORD – The parties on both sides of a federal lawsuit over state funding of hospitals hope to have their first court clash early next … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2011

No new cuts yet for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center

NASHUA – Employees waiting to hear about their job status at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will have to wait a bit longer. Administrators at … Full story    
Published:  September 2, 2011

St. Joseph Hospital announces 65 more positions eliminated following state budget cuts

NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital laid off 44 people Wednesday, reduced hours for some employees and eliminated vacant positions in its latest response to state … Full story    
Published:  September 1, 2011

Companies compete to hire Rockingham Ambulance workers in Nashua area

MERRIMACK – When Rodney Dunn was told Rockingham Ambulance would close its doors at the end of September, he felt more than just worry about … Full story    
Published:  August 19, 2011

Catholic Medical Center in Manchester lays off 101 workers

MANCHESTER – Catholic Medical Center announced Thursday that it cut its work force by 101 employees at all levels of operations as a result of … Full story    
Published:  August 19, 2011

Merrimack ambulance company to host Rockingham employees Thursday

MERRIMACK – Rockingham Ambulance employees, who soon will be victims of cuts at St. Joseph Hospital, seem to be in high demand. CarePlus Ambulance Service, … Full story    
Published:  August 18, 2011

Hospital offers retirement to 725 employees

Lebanon – Dartmouth-Hitchcock is offering early retirement to 725 workers as part of an effort to bring the institution’s budget in line with state Medicaid … Full story    
Published:  August 12, 2011

Legislators: Medicaid money meant for charity care

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien has an easy explanation why a complicated lawsuit by 10 New Hampshire hospitals over Medicaid funding is off base: … Full story    
Published:  August 7, 2011

Local hospitals don’t regret growth, even in the face of cuts

NASHUA – The city’s two hospitals face tough decisions as they lay off hundreds of workers and cut services after losing millions of dollars in … Full story    
Published:  August 7, 2011

Hospitals shouldn’t be immune to state budget cuts

Hospitals play a unique role in our lives, both emotionally and economically. Their presence runs deep with families and individuals, who hold strong ties to … Full story    
Published:  August 7, 2011

Rockingham will be missed, but ambulance service won’t be interrupted, officials say

The announced closure of Rockingham Ambulance may be painful to emergency medical staff and patients in southern New Hampshire. However, the sting is likely to … Full story    
Published:  August 3, 2011

St. Joseph Hospital to close subsidiary companies, cut jobs

NASHUA – The bleeding is continuing at Gate City hospitals. Less than a week after Southern New Hampshire Medical Center announced 100 layoffs, administrators at … Full story    
Published:  August 2, 2011

Nashua hospitals weighing big cuts

NASHUA – Making an eight-figure cut to a budget, even a big budget, doesn’t happen overnight. Officials at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and St. … Full story    
Published:  August 2, 2011

NH hospitals take umbrage over cuts by Legislature

Make no mistake about it: the Republican-led state Legislature is now at war with the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Anyone in the legislative leadership who … Full story    
Published:  July 31, 2011

NH GOP’s budget off to shaky start

If you visit the Web site of the New Hampshire House Republicans (, featured prominently under the heading “House 2011 Session Accomplishments” is a brief … Full story    
Published:  July 29, 2011

Southern NH Medical Center to lay off 6 percent of workforce

NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will have to lay off up to 6 percent of its workforce and shut a unit that has … Full story    
Published:  July 28, 2011

Hospital’s parent cuts 182 jobs

MANCHESTER – In what is likely to be the first of several announcements of health care layoffs, one of the hospitals suing the state over … Full story    
Published:  July 27, 2011

Hospitals sue NH on Medicaid

CONCORD – Nashua’s two hospitals joined eight others in New Hampshire on Monday to sue the state over a plan that uses more than $100 … Full story    
Published:  July 26, 2011

NH hospital cuts part of US trend

When our editorial board met with the chief executives of our two Nashua hospitals May 19, they didn’t pull any punches on what would happen … Full story    
Published:  July 8, 2011

Hospitals can ill afford tax change

When the state budget is in crisis, sacrifices have to be made. You’re probably sick of hearing that, but it’s true. But in an effort … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2011

Hospitals decry bed tax change

Nashua’s two hospitals fear that a legislative plan to realign the so-called bed tax will contribute to their financial downfall. This drastic shift in the … Full story    
Published:  May 20, 2011