Backus hospital closing child care center

Norwich – The child care center at The William W. Backus Hospital will close June 27, the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves. 

Staff and parents who bring their children to the Mary Allen Ross Child Care Center, located in a small building behind the main hospital, were told of the pending closure a year ago to give them adequate time to prepare, said Shawn Mawhiney, spokesman for Backus. 

“Backus is one of the few remaining employers in southeastern Connecticut with on-site day care, and we held onto ours as long as we could,” he said Wednesday.

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London closed its child care center on Ocean Avenue in May 2009. The building is now used for professional development programs.

Mawhiney said Backus has not yet decided how it will use the child care center space. 

A $14 million cut in Medicare reimbursement funds is forcing Backus to look “really, really closely at things can be cut that don’t impact the patients,” Mawhiney said.

Earlier this month, Hartford HealthCare, the network that includes Backus, announced that 70 staff would be laid off at two hospitals in its eastern region, Backus and Windham hospitals, and 350 staff would be laid off system-wide.


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