Michigan hospital estimates up to 12 layoffs with restructuring

Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich., will lay off employees as it prepares to implement its restructuring plan, interim CEO Jeanne Goche told the Daily News.

Ms. Goche said a lot of natural attrition has occurred at the organization, and layoffs will "probably be a dozen or less."

Dickinson is restructuring amid financial struggles.

The organization has reportedly seen losses of about $21 million over three years. It motioned to begin filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September, but it ended up not needing to file.

Through the first quarter of 2019,  the system showed financial improvement, recording an operating gain of nearly $750,000 through the first quarter of 2019, according to the Daily News.

"We plan on the hospital being here for a long time to come," board chair Margaret Minerick told the publication.

Hospital officials expect to implement the restructuring plan over the next few weeks.

Ms. Goche told UPMatters.com that through additional training and added support, some employees will have the opportunity to continue to help to lead the organization.

"Through natural attrition it seems that the number of layoffs required in the plan is much less than expected," she said. "The layoff of a dozen or less employees is a realistic yet conservative estimate. We are sympathetic to those that may lose their jobs, and a support system will be available through our human resources department to assist with transition and possible job placement opportunities."

 

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