Crotched Mountain plans to sell audiology service

  • Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 08, 2018 5:58PM

The Crotched Mountain Foundation is in the process of transitioning away from audiology services it provides at its Greenfield campus.

David Johnson, director of marketing and communications at Crotched Mountain, said the organization is refocusing its strategic plan to more closely align with its mission to support people with disabilities.

While assessing its programming, Johnson said, the group asks two key questions; do all of its services fit into its strategic plan? And are they financially viable?  

“Audiology is a good, solid, well-run service. It serves people in the region. The audiologists are top notch, so that certainly checked the box,” Johnson said in an interview on Monday. “Strategically, we had just looked and it doesn’t quite fit.”

The news comes on the heels of the foundation’s decision to close its specialty hospital last summer after it cited nearly $20 million in losses over the course of five years. Crotched Mountain transferred about 30 patients to different providers as a result of the hospital’s closure.

Johnson said Crotched Mountain is in the process of engaging in conversations with another hearing program that would potentially buy the audiology service it's currently providing. He said more details on that transaction will be made public within the next couple of months.

Johnson said there are currently two audiologists working at Crotched Mountain as well as other supporting staff members. It’s not clear if everyone will be retained as a result of the transition. Johnson said that decision will be left to the new provider once the deal has been finalized. He said the audiology department provides services for about 50 or 60 patients a month. The new provider will likely be located in the area, he said.

“It’s still in the conversational stage,” Johnson said about the process.

Audiology services at Crotched Mountain were implemented when it was a school for the deaf. More recently, audiology has been moved to an outpatient service.

Today, Johnson said, the school for people with disabilities has become the focus of its efforts.

“We have not shifted but tightened in on what we had already been known for,” Johnson said about its refocusing efforts. 

Crotched Mountain’s school, autism services, and day and residential living, among other programs, remain open.