Mississippi system lays off workers, begins reassignments

Tupelo-based North Mississippi Health Services is moving forward with layoffs and job reassignments as part of its "redesign" plan to improve the organization's financial picture, according to a message sent to NMHS employees and affiliated providers July 19.

"Leadership has completed the difficult conversations with our teammates who are directly impacted by the changes announced within the July 12 'NMHS Redesign' communication," President and CEO Shane Spees wrote in the message. "While some of those teammates are currently working on reassignment options, other teammates have exited the organization."

NMHS did not provide the number of affected positions or types of positions affected. 

On July 12, the health system announced it would eliminate some jobs, ask some team members to consider reassignment to a different job and reduce hours in some jobs.

"As communicated, these changes are necessary due to the financial challenges that we, and the healthcare industry, are experiencing," Mr. Spees told staff. "Our human resources team, in collaboration with leadership, have worked diligently to support the transitions and to do so with C.A.R.E.S. (compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and smiles/friendliness)." 

He said the health system is working to offer reassignment opportunities to those who meet the job requirements, have an interest in remaining at NMHS and are selected by the hiring manager. 

The health system expects the reassignment process to be completed by July 26. 

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