Bishop vows to find solution after Catholic hospital pulls pensions of 1,100 workers

After hundreds of former employees at shuttered Schenectady, N.Y.-based St. Clare's Hospital had their pensions pulled, a bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y., which was affiliated with the hospital, talked with pensioners to find a solution, ABC-affiliated television station WTEN reports.

The hospital closed in 2008 as part of a state-mandated merger with Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, according to the Times Union.  

About 100 former workers at the closed hospital attended the meeting with Bishop Edward Sharfenberger to discuss the loss or elimination of pensions. The pension fund reportedly does not have enough funds to cover the pensioners.

The bishop was not around when the hospital closed, but he sits on the St. Clare's Corporation board, which is tasked with paying the pensions. 

Many pensioners have criticized the diocese for not doing enough to help those affected, but the bishop said he is willing to help find sources of funding.

He did not say who was at fault for the pension running out of money 10 years before originally anticipated. 

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