CHI St. Alexius lays off another 25 employees

In its latest round of layoffs, CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, N.D., cut 25 employees Thursday, reports The Bismarck Tribune.

CHI St. Alexius Health attributed the workforce restructuring to a shifting healthcare environment and declining reimbursement from third-party payers.

"Each of us understands the impact these decisions have on our CHI St. Alexius Health family; however, our community needs a strong CHI St. Alexius Health, and, by implementing labor best practices, we are able to better align and match staffing resources to patient volumes," CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck President, Kurt Schley, said in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review.

Ellen Holt, CHI St. Alexius Health's vice president of human resources, added: "We are committed in our efforts to find a path forward for our hospital that positions us for continued success into the future. Our focus now is on redesigning our hospital care processes to continue to provide high-quality, safe patient care."

CHI St. Alexius Health has made multiple rounds of layoffs this year. In January, the health system laid off 52 employees, or 2.7 percent of its total workforce. The next month, it laid off 19 people, according to the report. That's on top of the 23 employees who were laid off in March 2016. In total, CHI St. Alexius Health has laid off 119 employees in a little over a year, reports The Bismarck Tribune.

The layoffs are part of the organization's financial improvement efforts, as well as attempts by the organization's affiliate, Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, to reduce expenses in markets across the enterprise, according to the report.



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