PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The California-based owners of Prospect CharterCARE are currently in the process of laying off approximately 30 employees and freezing 20 vacant positions at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center, a union representing workers at both hospitals announced Friday.
It would be the fourth round of layoffs issued by the organization since 2014, according to United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5110 President Lynn Blais.
“When Prospect originally lobbied the Providence City Council and North Providence Town Council in 2014 for hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks, job preservation and creation were central to the councils’ willingness to pass ordinances giving Prospect its’ tax breaks,” Blais said in a statement.
“Prospect management proved that they cannot be trusted to keep their word,” she continued. “They have reneged on their promises to municipal leaders in Providence and North Providence and should be held accountable.”
Blais also called on the city of Providence and the town of North Providence to repeal the ordinances they passed, which allowed Prospect to benefit from tax breaks while continuing to eliminate jobs.
Eyewitness News reached out to Prospect CharterCARE for comment. R. Otis Brown, the organization’s vice president of marketing and external affairs, released a statement saying the union failed to mention the more than 185 jobs that CharterCARE has created over the past two years.
“These new jobs were the result of a more than $30 million capital investment in our two hospitals for renovations, new equipment and medical technology, as well as new clinical programs we have created to meet the changing needs of our community. CharterCARE also paid in excess of $2.5 million in new tax payments combined to Providence and North Providence this year alone.
This recent adjustment in staffing is an effort to align our operations with changing market conditions and was done without compromising our ability to provide high quality care, safety and value to our patients.”