Cen­tral Health slashes 19 po­si­tions

No im­pact on front line ser­vice de­liv­ery says CEO

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY RANDY EDI­SON

There will cer­tainly be some jug­gling of du­ties within the man­age­ment struc­ture at Cen­tral Health fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment last week of the elim­i­na­tion of 19 po­si­tions.

The pub­lic is be­ing re­as­sured that front­line ser­vices shouldn’t be af­fected, how­ever.

The prov­ince an­nounced this morn­ing that 93 po­si­tions were be­ing slashed at the re­gional health au­thor­i­ties, along with the New­found­land and Labrador Cen­tre for Health In­for­ma­tion (NLCHI).

“There shouldn’t be any no­tice­able change to the pub­lic,” the health au­thor­ity’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Rose­marie Goodyear, told TC Me­dia dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing in Grand Falls-Wind­sor. “We have some tran­si­tion­ing to do and we’ll do that over time.

“That’s not to say, and I cer­tainly don’t want to leave the per­cep­tion, that those 19 peo­ple who are not here as of to­day or next week weren’t mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion,” she con­tin­ued. “Ev­ery one of those peo­ple had a role to play and were mak­ing a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. And now that means we now may have to switch pri­or­i­ties, but that’s, I think, nor­mal busi­ness inside of any type of or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The elim­i­na­tion of the po­si­tions is ex­pected to save ap­prox­i­mately $1.2 mil­lion.

“Some times in or­der to be able to make re­dis­tri­bu­tion work, when you re­duce on one side you have to in­crease some­where else and in our par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances we are elim­i­nat­ing 19 po­si­tions but also cre­at­ing four new to off­set some of that,” Goodyear added.

“The new po­si­tions will take some of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, but ob­vi­ously not all of it,” she said. “There will be some re­dis­tri­bu­tion and re­fo­cus­ing and that will take us a while to get all the nu­ances of that sorted out.”

“We cer­tainly have an in­tent as to what we’re go­ing to be do­ing there but pri­mar­ily up to now this has been the work of our se­nior ex­ec­u­tive team. So, what we’d like to do is take a lit­tle bit of time and talk to some of those closer.”

“There’s still room for a lit­tle bit of flex­i­bil­ity, not in terms of num­bers, but in re­dis­tribut­ing roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties so we can do some fine tun­ing.”

To­day’s an­nounce­ment comes as Cen­tral Health con­tin­ues what Goodyear terms on­go­ing ef­forts to find op­er­a­tional im­prove­ments.

“Its an on­go­ing process ... Cer­tainly within Cen­tral Health we have made sev­eral an­nounce­ments in the past on op­er­a­tional im­prove­ment and we’ve been strongly fo­cused on that since 2013,” she con­tin­ued. “That process never stopped and will be on­go­ing for the fore­see­able fu­ture and we’ll keep search­ing for where we can bring tools into our or­ga­ni­za­tion to help our man­agers be bet­ter equipped to do their work.”

The changes were made with a view to min­i­miz­ing ef­fect on front line ser­vices.

“What­ever changes we make we al­ways have a pri­mary fo­cus — on front­line de­liv­ery,” Goodyear said. “That’s some­thing we try and guard and pro­tect as much as we can.”

As to con­sid­er­a­tions for main­tain­ing po­si­tions in sub­re­gions, that’s not re­ally in the pic­ture re­gard­ing this change.

‘You’ve heard us talk about our beds and there might be beds in Spring­dale or Brookfield, but they’re not al­lot­ted for the peo­ple who live in those com­mu­ni­ties,” she ex­plained. “They serve the re­gion and we have to make the best use of them and so that’s re­ally the per­spec­tive we brought here as well.”

“It just hap­pens that be­cause of the way we are struc­tured that there are more man­age­ment po­si­tions in Grand Falls-Wind­sor and Gander than there would be dis­trib­uted in our ru­ral sites,” she noted. “When we look at ac­cess to ser­vices we look at ac­ces­si­bil­ity in that peo­ple can ac­cess the ser­vice wher­ever they live in the re­gion, but in this re­gard it re­ally was about how can we con­tinue to get the work done.”

The changes were com­mu­ni­cated elec­tron­i­cally to com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers (in­clud­ing mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers), and there was in­di­vid­ual fol­low up to that over the fol­low­ing days, said Goodyear.

“The new po­si­tions will take some of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, but ob­vi­ously not all of it. There will be some re­dis­tri­bu­tion and re­fo­cus­ing and that will take us a while to get all the nu­ances of that sorted out.” Rose­mary Goodyear

RANDY EDI­SON/TC ME­DIA

Cen­tral Health pres­i­dent and CEO Rose­marie Goodyear spoke with TC Me­dia last week to dis­cuss changes to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s man­age­ment struc­ture.

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