50 workers laid off at Good Shepherd: 4 things to know

Longview, Texas-based Good Shepherd Health System laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, according to a Longview News-Journal report.

Here are four things to know about the layoffs.

1. Good Shepherd attributed the layoffs to financial struggles, as well as other challenges. "Like many other healthcare systems across the country, Good Shepherd Health System has been facing challenging times, resulting in lower overall patient census and financial losses," President and CEO Steve Altmiller said in a statement, according to the report. "To return to financial stability, we now must take further steps to appropriately align staffing with our patient volumes."

2. The layoffs affect clinical and non-clinical employees at the flagship Longview medical center and its counterpart in Marshall, Texas.

3. Affected employees were being offered help with possible transfers to new jobs within Good Shepherd, outplacement services and benefits, Mr. Altmiller said, according to the report.

4. The layoff news comes the same month Good Shepherd announced it will merge with Irving, Texas-based Christus Health, effective early next year.


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