UT Health East Texas lays off 400 workers

Tyler-based UT Health East Texas announced March 22 it will lay off 400 workers, or about 5 percent of the system's workforce, as the organization stabilizes its finances, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Most of the affected workers are nonclinical, but some contract nursing staff will be affected by the job cuts. UT Health East Texas is transitioning toward a staffing model that relies on permanent nurses, according to the report.

UT Health East Texas President and CEO Moody Chisholm said the system is working to ensure no further job cuts occur in the future.

"We deeply regret the personal impact of these changes," Mr. Chisholm said in a statement to the Tyler Morning Telegraph. "As we move forward, we will manage our work effectively so that similar reductions are only part of our past, not our future."

The health system said workers affected by the layoffs will be provided "severance, outplacement support, assistance and resources based upon current policies and years of service."

UT Health East Texas was formed March 1 when Nashville, Tenn.-based Ardent Health Services and UT Health Northeast acquired the assets of Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center, according to the report.

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