Ellwood City Medical Center has payroll snag as operator's accounts remain frozen

About 50 workers at Ellwood City (Pa.) Medical Center had their checks bounce Sept. 28, which is the second payroll issue reported in a month, according to The Ellwood City Ledger.

Americore Health, the owner of Ellwood City Medical Center, has had its PNC bank accounts frozen for about three months over a dispute with a New York creditor. The case is currently before the New York Supreme Court. 

The frozen bank accounts have caused some complications, according to Grant White, CEO of Americore Health. He added that Americore is temporarily moving money from other accounts to pay expenses, including payroll.

All checks were fixed immediately following employee complaints, according to Mr. White. The hospital operator is looking for a more permanent resolution.

A similar incident occurred earlier in September, which Mr. White attributed to a computerized bank account routing problem and noted the situation was quickly resolved.

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