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Carthage hospital appoints new CFO

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CARTHAGE — Carthage Area Hospital has a new chief financial officer.

Donald H. Schnackel has filled the position previously occupied by Robert Bloom. After giving 30 days’ notice, Mr. Bloom left the facility at the end of January to take a position elsewhere, at which point Mr. Schnackel took over.

“Rob did an excellent job and he’s still involved in financing,” said Richard A. Duvall, hospital chief operating officer. “He will continue to help with projects he initiated.”

He said Mr. Bloom would work indefinitely with Mr. Schnackel and the financing department and is still employed by the hospital. “We’ve been working together on putting in place a plan to secure the financial viability of the facility,” Mr. Schnackel said.

In his new position, Mr. Schnackel is responsible for managing accounting, patient accounting, medical records, purchases and information technology. Before working for Carthage, he was vice president of finance and administration at Newtown Falls Paper Co. LLC. He served as a chief executive officer and CFO for Felix Schoeller Technical Papers from 1987 to 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Mr. Schnackel formerly worked as the hospital controller and took over as CFO Jan. 29. Both men stressed Mr. Bloom’s decision to step down was not a result of stress brought on by then-impending layoffs.

The hospital announced Jan. 31 that 90 employees would be laid off Feb. 14. It later was reported the actual number was 72 employees, and, Mr. Duvall said, 28 of those employees have been able to retain their jobs because of restructuring.

The decision was a financial one, reflecting 2013 cutbacks and changes in health care. Mr. Duvall said the restructuring plan that led to the layoffs had been in the planning stage for the past two years, and Mr. Bloom was involved in those plans.

Despite restructuring, Mr. Duvall stressed the hospital is still open and offering the same services it did before the layoffs.

“We’re taking a proactive approach to the changes happening in the hospital. Although we have layoffs, the quality of service has not changed,” he said.

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