Nonprofit Merger; Staff Laid Off; Firings; Grant Proposals Sought

June 26, 2018 — Northeast Arc to merge with Northeast Clinical Services...VNA of Cape Cod Hospice lays off eight employees...Southcoast Health System fires two employees... Foundation for MetroWest seeks grant proposals.

Northeast Arc to Merge with Northeast Clinical Services

Northeast Arc, a Danvers nonprofit that provides services to children and adults with, or at risk for developing, disabilities, last week announced it will merge with Northeast Clinical Services, also based in Danvers, which provides a full range of home health care services specializing in the provision of continuous care nursing services.

The merger will take effect July 1.

“This is the right move for both organizations,” said Jo Ann Simons, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Arc. “Northeast Clinical staff will become Northeast Arc staff as will any new employees who would like to apply for the many nursing positions we have open to meet growing demand.”

Northeast Arc said the new organization will bring additional resources, knowledge and expertise from both organizations while streamlining payroll, billing, and human resources to reduce expenses.

Northeast Clinical has 298 employees (47 full-time, 86 part-time, and 165 per diem employees), most of whom are nurses, while Northeast Arc has 500 full-time employees and close to 100 part-time employees, according to a report in The Salem News.

VNA of Cape Cod Hospice Lays Off Eight Employees

Cape Cod Healthcare, a nonprofit based in Hyannis, recently laid off eight employees at its affiliate, VNA of Cape Cod Hospice.

Cape Cod Healthcare said the jobs were eliminated due to a “drop in census of hospice patients and a change in Medicare regulations around supervision of home care programs,” according to a report in The Cape Cod Times.

The paper reported that three of the laid-off employees took jobs with the VNA of Cape Cod’s home care division, one retired, and four left the agency, according to Cape Cod Healthcare.

It noted, "The VNA hospice layoffs follow the loss of approximately 30 Cape positions affiliated with HopeHealth in the last year and a half as for-profit hospice organizations increasingly dominate the end-of-life caregiving market.:

Southcoast Health System Fires Two Employees after Workplace Policy Review

Southcoast Health System, a New Bedford nonprofit that operates Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, and Tobey Hospital in Wareham, "has fired two employees and completed a review of its workplace policies in the wake of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations that involved not only female employees but also unconscious patients at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford," according to the Boston Business Journal.

Southcoast reportedly told the BBJ of a complaint filed a year ago with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, which "detailed that members of St. Luke's staff had made sexual comments about co-workers and about naked patient bodies during operations."

According to the BBJ, "Southcoast said it has since conducted a widespread investigation with an outside expert and retained an independent consulting firm to improve the culture at St. Luke's and bolster harassment training at SouthCoast," which reportedly includes training for all 400 hospital leaders and increasing mandatory training for its entire 7,500-person workforce at all its hospitals.

Foundation for MetroWest Seeks Grant Proposals

The Foundation for Metrowest recently announced it is accepting grant proposals from nonprofits related to family support and arts and culture.

The Fund for Arts and Culture seeks to support, promote, and provide access to arts and cultural programming that celebrate creative expression, foster an appreciation of diversity, and preserve our area's collective history and heritage. The typical grant ranges from $1,000 to $10,000.

The Fund for Family seeks to address a broad spectrum of current and emerging community issues, including the aging population, domestic violence, housing and transportation, mental health and special needs, community education and outreach for newcomers, and more. The typical grant ranges from $1,000 to $10,000.

Deadline to apply: Aug. 3. Details.