No jobs cut at Mercy in Cassville

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hospital untouched by nationwide Mercy cuts

By Kyle Troutman

Mercy hospital in Cassville will not suffer any job losses as a result of the organization's nationwide job-cutting effort.

According to Sonya Kullman, senior media relations specialist for Mercy, there will be no job cuts at the Mercy hospitals in Cassville or Aurora, as many of the cuts were to support positions and not involving patient care.

Cassville Mercy employs 116 people, of which about 50 people work in support fields such as human resources, administrations, finances and marketing.

According to recent reports, 11 positions were cut in Joplin, 14 jobs were cut in Carthage and 42 positions were cut in Springfield. Throughout the Mercy hospital system, a total of 220 positions have been cut nationwide. According to Mercy, the cuts mark less than one percent of the organization's workforce of 40,000.

In a press release, Mercy officials blamed a lack of Medicaid expansion in several of the states they serve as well as reductions in reimbursement from government and commercial payers.

Mercy officials say they have been working to consolidate non-patient care support services in order to become more efficient.

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