Missouri system lays off 10% of workforce

Hayti, Mo.-based Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems plans to lay off 10 employees — 10 percent of its workforce — due to challenges including excess staffing and reduced patient volumes, K8 News reported Oct. 12. 

The layoffs affect 10 employees from across the system, not within any one department, according to the report. Declining volumes, decreased reimbursement and delays in payments were contributing factors in the decision. 

"While we have taken many actions to reduce the number of staff affected by this layoff, such as reducing overtime, not backfilling unnecessary positions, consolidation of roles, elimination of executive leadership positions and reducing variable expenses where we are able, these layoffs are necessary for the continued viability of our community hospital," the system said in an Oct. 12 news release. 

Notifications for the layoffs — which were based on seniority, consolidation of roles and performance ratings —  are expected to go out within the next 24 hours, CBS affiliate KFVS12 reported.

"Prior to making the determination for the layoffs, many staff were offered to move into other open positions. Some have accepted these other roles and some have not," according to the health system.

Pemiscot Memorial is a county-owned system with facilities in Hayti, Kennett, Caruthersville, and Steele, Mo.

The health system did not respond to Becker's request for comment.

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