Mercy Cassville unaffected by layoffs

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Total of 347 positions eliminated in 4 states

Mercy Hospital in Cassville remained unaffected by the Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' implementation of a workforce reduction spanning four states.

In a recent press release, the organization said due to economic and environmental challenges, 127 positions across a variety of departments and services in Mercy Springfield Communities had been eliminated. No positions were eliminated or affected in Cassville.

Throughout all Mercy facilities and services in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, a total of 347 positions have been eliminated, which is less than 1 percent of Mercy's workforce of 40,000. That total includes 178 leader positions. Mercy is also focusing on reducing management and implementing a leadership restructuring involving position and title changes for approximately 185 leaders across Mercy. The majority of non-leader positions are non-clinical care roles that are part of Mercy's revenue management department.

Mercy said its co-workers whose positions have been eliminated are being treated with compassion, dignity and respect and will receive outplacement services and a severance package, including compensation and benefits based on their position and length of service.

"Changes such as these are difficult and distressing for everyone involved," said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. "While our decisions support Mercy's ability to stay strong and relevant in the face of challenges impacting all health care providers, today our thoughts and prayers are with those co-workers who are affected."

Doug Stroemel, administrator at Mercy Hospital Cassville, Aurora and Berryville, Ark., declined comment.

Mercy cut 200-300 jobs nationwide in June 2014, leaving Cassville unaffected then as well.

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

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 to become more efficient.

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