Struggling New York hospital to cut robotic surgeries to shore up finances

Massena (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital lost $2 million in the first three months of this year and is ending robotic surgeries to improve its financial picture, according to Fox affiliate 7 News.

After June, Massena will cut robotic surgeries to save about $460,000 on its machine lease and other expenses. Patients can still receive the same types of surgeries the robot helped perform at the hospital, but without the assistance of the equipment.

In other efforts to improve the hospital's financial footing, Massena Memorial is considering a merger with Potsdam, N.Y.-based St. Lawrence Health System. Massena Memorial CFO Patrick Facteau told 7 News that St. Lawrence Health is two weeks away from completing a study of Massena Memorial's finances, and the hospital will have more proposals once the study is complete.

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