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Gray forming committee to discuss hospital’s future

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MASSENA - The Massena Town Supervisor is establishing a joint committee to discuss the various possible scenarios to ensure the future viability of Massena Memorial Hospital.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said he will organize a multi-faceted committee to include members of the Massena Town Council, Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Managers, hospital management and local representatives from the Civil Service Employees Union and the New York Nurses Association.

Mr. Gray today sent an e-mail to the parties involved announcing the committee and asking each party to appoint representatives. “Participation on this committee isn’t a request. It will be formed and will convene before the end of September. We will meet behind closed doors to facilitate a frank and productive discussion,” Mr. Gray said.

“All parties will be represented and the public will be kept fully informed throughout the process. As I have said repeatedly, we don’t yet know if which direction the hospital will move in the future but the public and Massena taxpayers can rest assured the Town Council has no intentions of closing the hospital or selling it to some outside corporation,” he added.

The committee will look at numerous options for MMH’s future and everything will be on the table: vendor and employee contract issues, the budgetary impacts of salaries and benefits for all hospital employees, the profitability and necessity of various hospital clinics, physician performance, hospital expenditures and MMH board decisions and how they impact the hospital’s bottom line.

Committee members need to be committed to the truth and accepting the final outcome of its work whether or not the results meet with their personal favor, according to Mr. Gray.

“We have a great hospital with a superior staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the MMH Board. I am convinced that if we all come with open minds and put our heads together, we can find a workable scenario that guarantees Massena Memorial Hospital will continue providing top-quality care and great employment opportunities for many years to come,” Mr. Gray said.

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