CHI St. Alexius cuts workforce by 2.7% amid rising costs

CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, N.D., has laid off 52 employees, or 2.7 percent of its total workforce, reports The Bismarck Tribune.

The hospital attributed the layoffs to rising costs.

"Like other healthcare organizations across the country, CHI St. Alexius Health's third-party payer reimbursement continues to decline as the cost of providing care continues to rise. As a result, we are restructuring our workforce and are in the process of implementing labor best practices across our organization," the hospital said in a statement.

The layoffs affect employees in multiple hospital departments, according to the report.

This is not the first time CHI St. Alexius Health has laid off employees in the past year. In March 2016, the hospital announced 23 layoffs and two department closings.

Hospital spokeswoman Julie Jeske told The Bismarck Tribune via email that CHI St. Alexius hopes to avoid more layoffs in the future.


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