Oregon system lays off 3% of staff

Medford, Ore.-based Asante health system has laid off about 3% of its workforce, according to a report from NBC affiliate KOBI-TV, which is based on an internal memo sent to staff Feb. 9. 

According to the report, the job cuts affected mainly administrative and support roles and were necessary to offset "financial headwinds" over the past several years. Asante employs around 6,300 people, according to the health system's website. Three percent of its workforce would be around 200 people, based on that estimate. 

In the memo, Asante said it is still recruiting clinical staff, including nurses and physicians, and that it is offering severance pay and continuing healthcare coverage for those who have been laid off. 

Asante includes three hospitals, the largest being Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.  

Becker's has reached out to Asante and will update this report if more information becomes available. 

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