Kentucky hospital cuts jobs, delays ER expansion as patient volume sags

Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky., is restructuring operations, and 61 jobs will be eliminated in the process, according to WFIE.

Benny Nolen, interim president and CEO of Methodist Hospital, told WFIE the hospital is restructuring to focus more on its core services. "We have looked at our entire delivery system to identify what will help us excel as a high-quality, community-based hospital," he said.

Methodist Hospital hopes the changes will improve its financial performance. Mr. Nolen told WFIE there are several factors contributing to the hospital's financial troubles. "Our hospital admissions and outpatient volumes are not meeting expectations, while uncompensated care expenses are up significantly," he said. "This imbalance mirrors what healthcare organizations across our state are experiencing."

The hospital implemented cost containment initiatives last year, but the savings were not enough to avoid the job cuts, which will affect management and staff positions.

As part of the restructuring process, Methodist Hospital will also postpone an emergency room expansion project that was slated to begin this month at its facility in Morganfield, Ky.

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