TRAVERSE CITY — Hiring and layoffs are in the future for Munson Home Health as Munson Medical Center moves closer to its purchase of Mercy hospitals in Grayling and Cadillac.

Thirteen nursing and clerical Mercy Homecare and Hospice Northern Michigan positions will be eliminated between February and April of next year. Layoffs will affect Cadillac, Grayling and Houghton Lake facilities. Mercy Homecare and Hospice will become Munson Home Health in February.

"They were positions in the offices," said Munson Home Health President Shari Wilson. "They weren't out in the field taking care of patients."

Twelve new nursing and clerical positions were created, almost all of them in Traverse City.

"All those processes in our current model are centralized here in our Traverse City office," Wilson said.

Wilson said those laid off from Mercy Homecare have "preference" in the new positions if they are qualified and willing to relocate.

Munson Medical Center is expected to purchase Mercy hospitals in Grayling and Cadillac on Feb. 1, 2015. 

The hospitals are transitioning to the new structure.

Munson Home Health will have two service areas, north and south, for home care and hospice starting Feb. 1. Private duty, palliative care and home medical equipment departments won't change structure.

Mercy Manor, the skilled nursing facility at Mercy Hospital Grayling, will be renamed Munson Healthcare Crawford Continuing Care Center.

Mercy employees are beginning to switch to Munson email addresses. Mercy Home Care and Hospice Northern Michigan employees will become Munson employees on Feb. 1, 2015.

Mercy Hospital Grayling, Mercy Hospital Cadillac and Mercy Manor employees will remain employed by Trinity Health until July 1, 2015, and will continue following Trinity Health policies through the transition.

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