6 Recent Hospital and Health System Layoffs

The following six hospital and health system layoffs and workforce reductions were covered by Becker's Hospital Review in the last two weeks. They are listed below by number of employees and/or positions affected.

1. Yukon-Kushokwim Health to Eliminate 160 Jobs
Bethel, Alaska-based Yukon-Kushokwim Health Corp., a system that includes one regional hospital and several community clinics that serves 58 rural communities in southwest Alaska, announced plans to lay off 110 employees and leave 50 positions empty.

2. Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines Eliminates 136 Positions
Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines (Iowa) laid off 29 employees and will leave 107 positions vacant in a move orchestrated to cut $15 million.

3. St. Francis Healthcare of Hawaii to Lay Off 110
Honolulu-based St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii plans to lay off 110 employees and slash its hospice and home health services. The system plans to close one of its hospice units in Ewa Oahu by Sept. 30 and cease offering a home health program that served patients on Oahu and Kauai by June 30.

4. Genesis Health to Cut Jobs, Benefits
Genesis Health System in Davenport, Iowa, is eliminating 30 management positions — affecting its COO and a senior vice president — and 50 staff-level positions. The system's CEO, Doug Cropper, and the rest of the C-suite are all taking pay cuts, and Genesis Health is also reducing employee benefits.

5. Morehead Memorial Hospital Cuts Positions, Hours
Eden, N.C.-based Morehead Memorial Hospital eliminated 22 positions and cut the hours of 25 other employees as it faces financial hardships. This is not Morehead Memorial's only recent workforce reduction: It has eliminated 18 other jobs in the last six months.

6. Ozarks Medical Center Eliminates 11 Jobs
Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo., laid off 11 employees in primarily nonclinical areas. OMC eliminated the positions as a response to declining reimbursements and inpatient volumes, according to the report.


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