Regency Hospital to close in Ravenna

By Thomas Gallick and Mike Sever | Staff Writers Published:

Regency Hospital Company has announced plans to permanently close its operations on the third floor of Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, eliminating 46 jobs.

The company, which merged with Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based Select Medical Corp. in 2010, offers long-term, specialized care for patients suffering from multiple injuries, trauma or medical complications. Regency began renting space on Robinson Memorial's third floor in 2003, when the company signed a 10-year-lease for this space through this November.

"We are disappointed about their decision to close the facility located at Robinson," said Stephen Colecchi, president and CEO of Robinson Memorial. "We will take this opportunity to determine if other long-term care providers would be interested in leasing the space being vacated by Regency or consider other uses for the space."

Colecchi said Regency's closing would not affect staffing levels at Robinson Memorial because Regency is operated as a separate hospital. He said Robinson Memorial and Regency had an "excellent relationship."

Select Medical announced the closure in a letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which was posted on the department's website Tuesday. The letter lists May 16 as a potential closing date.

In the letter, John Saich, executive vice president of Select Medical, said the company "hoped to accomplish the closing with the least possible disruption to the lives of our employees and the community."

The layoffs will affect 14 registered nurses, seven respiratory therapists and multiple other medical and administrative professionals. The workers facing layoffs range in age from 23 to 66.

According to select medical, none of the employees are represented by a union and employees do not have "bumping rights" at Regency and Select Medical's other locations.

Regency opened two freestanding long-term care facilities in the Cleveland suburbs last year. It also operates a hospital inside Summa Barberton Hospital.

The hospital on Robinson Memorial's third floor was the smallest of the company's Ohio facilities.

Representatives of Regency Hospital and Select Medical Corp. could not be reached by press time Wednesday.

Contact these reporters at tgallick@recordpub.com or msever@recordpub.com

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