Highpoint Health lays off 31 employees, reduces hours of 50 others

Citing a "significant decrease" in patient volume, Lawrenceburg, Ind.-based Highpoint Health laid off 31 employees this week,  according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

The hospital also reduced the hours of 50 other workers, 23 of whom will become part-time employees, the newspaper reports.

Highpoint Health did not say whether the decisions affect physicians or nurses.

"We've already taken decisive action aimed at enhancing our revenue cycle, reducing expenses and exploring growth opportunities," Michael Schwebler, CEO of Highpoint Health, said in a news release to the Business Courier. "However, a significant decrease in patient volume has made it necessary for us to right-size our workforce."

"This decision was made only after careful consideration and will not affect the high-quality care we provide our patients," he added. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the employees affected by this reduction in force."

Mr. Schwebler said laid-off employees will receive severance pay based on amount of time employed.

Highpoint Health, Edgewood, Ky.-based St. Elizabeth Healthcare and WorkOne Southeast are working together to help laid-off workers find jobs, according to the Business Courier.

Employees who had their hours reduced are eligible for health insurance for three months.  

Highpoint Health rebranded in 2018 after 59 years as Dearborn County Hospital. The organization had nearly 870 employees before the recent layoffs.


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