(Danville, Va.) — SOVAH Health is switching its laundry and food services divisions to a new contractor at its hospitals in Danville and Martinsville, but Marketing Director Elizabeth Harris says all affected employees will be offered positions at the same salary with the new contractor. Harris said that under the plan, the affected employees should not notice any substantial change in their day-to-day work.

The move will affect 91 employees at SOVAH’s hospital in Danville and an additional 67 employees at SOVAH’s Martinsville facility campus. The changes are effective November 6.

As this newsroom reported in June, the Danville and Martinsville hospitals were merging to become SOVAH Health. The merger was expected to take several months to complete.