WSMC employees get ax

Hundreds of staffers at the old Westchester Square Medical Center are anxiously still awaiting word whether they’ll be rehired at the new Montefiore Westchester Square facility, which will no longer call itself a medical center.

With a staffing count of 586, all will be officially laid off, since Montefiore is buying only the assets of the hospital, won at a bankruptcy court auction.

While interviews for jobs between Montefiore and WSMC staff have occurred, “no one has yet been offered a position” as of Monday, March 11, said Deborah Hunt, chair of the Community Board 10 health and human services committee and nursing professor familiar with the situation.

“It is very sad, and I am very disappointed that Montefiore has not officially offered positions,” said Hunt. “I hope they are going to do the right thing by the community and the displaced employees.”

Montefiore has made a commitment to hire “qualified” personnel from WSMC and place them in positions throughout its sprawling health care system and hospitals.

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