CHI Texas Division to eliminate 346 positions: 4 things to know

The CHI Texas Division, based in Houston, plans to eliminate 346 positions across its statewide network comprising 17 hospitals, according to a KLTV report.

Here are four things to know.

1. The cuts represent less than 2 percent of the CHI Texas Division workforce.

2. The 346 affected positions include 100 vacant positions that will not be filled, as well as 16 employees who are being reassigned to comparable roles; 28 employees who are being offered positions within the CHI Texas Division and 202 employees who will leave the CHI Texas Division.

3. Among the 346 affected positions are 54 at the Memorial health system, which includes Texas hospitals and clinics in Lufkin, Livingston and San Augustine, according to the report.

4. The cuts in Texas are part of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiative's efforts to reduce expenses in markets across the enterprise. Earlier this month, for instance, CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, N.D., laid off 52 employees, or 2.7 percent of its total workforce, amid rising costs.

"Like all health systems, Catholic Health Initiatives continually reviews its operating and financial performance to determine how best to meet and serve the needs of our patients and communities while maintaining a strong financial foundation for the future," CHI said in a statement. "Due to operating losses resulting from regulatory changes and external economic and environmental factors in the rapidly changing healthcare industry, CHI has been forced to make difficult choices in reducing expenses, including the elimination of some jobs in markets across the enterprise."


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