Baton Rouge General to cut 50 to 60 jobs: 4 things to know

Baton Rouge (La.) General will eliminate 50 to 60 jobs over the next few months in the wake of the closure of its Mid City emergency department and changing patient volumes, according to a report from The Advocate.

Here are four things to know about the cuts.

1. After the hospital closed the Mid City ED and consolidated emergency services at its Bluebonnet campus, BRG's organization needs changed. Some patient-care areas continue to grow and others are in need of realignment, president and CEO Mark Slyter said in a prepared statement, according to the report. He added, "Though we are fully confident this is the right move for our organization, we deeply regret the personal impact of these changes and are committed to doing everything in our power to help employees transition smoothly."

2. The positions that will be eliminated involve administrative, corporate and support services jobs. However, the cuts will not affect people who work directly at the bedside.

3. The hospital plans to transfer as many workers as possible to other positions. Therefore, the total number of layoffs will likely be lower than number of jobs that will be eliminated, according to The Advocate.

4. Those employees who can't be moved to another job at BRG will receive 30 days of advance notice and 30 to 60 days of severance pay, according to the report. 


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