CHI Mercy Health cutting staff, home health service

CHI Mercy Health in Roseburg, Ore., is cutting several jobs and closing its home health service line, CBS affiliate KPIC reported April 12.

The job cuts affected less than 4 percent of its workforce, or about 50 employees, according to the health system, which employs about 1,200 people — including a physician group — in Douglas County.

The reductions will be finalized in May, except for the home health service line, which will be a transition of at least 60 days to ensure patients receive care, according to the report. Mercy's hospice service line remains open, serving current patients and accepting referrals for new ones.

Other affected areas include hospital sitters, coffee cart and catering services, and a contracted transportation service, according to the health system. 

"These decisions are not made lightly but are necessary for our continued stability and future growth," CHI Mercy Health Director of Communications Sarah Baumgartner said in a news release.

CHI Mercy Health is part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, a 140-hospital system that said it is "taking steps to improve efficiency and effectiveness" amid financial challenges. Some of those changes will affect jobs, according to the health system.

The news comes shortly after Tacoma, Wash.-based Virginia Mason Franciscan Health laid off almost 400 employees — less than 2 percent of its workforce — most of whom were in non-patient-facing roles. 

Becker's has reached out to CHI Mercy Health for comment.

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