Two Providence branches go bust
PORTLAND, Ore. - HME provider Providence Home Services plans to close two branches in Lacey and Olympia, Wash., this year, resulting in 27 layoffs. Providence, a division of the Portland, Ore.-based Providence Health Systems, is closing the branches because they're losing money, a company spokesman told a local newspaper in August. Providence has offered the laid-off employees a 60- to 90-day transition period and severance packages. Kirk Westenfelder, president of Olympia, Wash.-based Kirk's Medical Services, said he wasn't sure why Providence was losing money, but he noticed that the company, once a full-line DME, was only providing oxygen and beds. "It's sad to see a long-time business go down," Westenfelder told HME News.