According to a letter sent to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, a company that provides housekeeping, patient transport, and other services to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman will lay off 88 employees.

Crothall Healthcare has sent a notification under the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that it plans to furlough salaried and hourly Environmental Services and Patient Transportation employees on June 18.

Of the 88 workers in the letter, 66 housekeeping employees and 16 transport patients were notified of the layoffs in April.

The letter says that although Crothall expects the layoffs to be permanent, Mercy Health issued a statement saying it has contracted HHS to serve as its new vendor for hospitality services.

"All employees impacted by this change, including those previously employed by Crothall Healthcare, are guaranteed employment with HHS, LLC to continue serving in their current position if they choose to do so," according to the statement.