Disgruntled employees hold silent protest outside Renaissance Hospital

Nurse Barbara Rogers and 3 other Renaissance Hospital employees stood in silent protest outside the Groves facility Wednesday morning, claiming they never received the paychecks they were promised after the hospital shut its doors on April 26th.

"I would like for the people to get their paychecks," Rogers told 12News. "It's only fair. They worked for it, they were here all the time, they got the place back up running."

The employees say there were never told why the hospital was closing, or how long they might be without a job.

"We couldn't figure out what was going on. No one's talking... no one knows anything. Rumors, that's all we're hearing," said Rogers.

Groves City Manager D.E. Sosa says a hospital administrator told him shortly after Renaissance closed that the building would only be closed for about 30 to 60 days for construction and reorganization.

"The hospital administrator called me about 2 weeks ago. I was supposed to get a news release, I have not gotten it yet," Sosa told 12News. "I was expecting it after a few days."
The protestors say now they're out of money that many of them need. And what they want almost as much as their money, is answers.

Sosa says Renaissance is tremendously important to the Groves economy, employing about 75 people. He says he hopes the center reopens sooner rather than later. Sosa told 12News that the women may want to contact Groves police for help.

A hospital spokesperson could not be reached for comment.



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