Wednesday, April 19, 2017

KentuckyOne Health announces another round of layoffs at hospitals, says most will be in corporate service jobs

KentuckyOne Health is laying off 150 people at its hospitals around the state, and 100 others will be transferred to the University of Louisville or accept retirement offers.

"Challenges brought by the continuing evolution of health-care reform and reimbursement structures have proven difficult for our organization and many others across Kentucky," the subsidiary of financially stressed Catholic Health Initiatives said, adding that most of the layoffs would be in corporate service units.

Grace Schneider of The Courier-Journal reports, "Executives couldn't say how many Louisville-area workers are being let go, but all of those affected will receive severance, assistance finding new jobs and counseling, spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic said in an email." KentuckyOne is giving up control of University Hospital on July 1.

"Interim U of L president Gregory Postel estimated [in December] that 3,000 employees at U of L Hospital who now work for KentuckyOne would become employees of University Medical Center," Schneider reports. "On Tuesday, Ken Marshall, interim chief executive for University Medical Center, said that roughly 2,200 current KentuckyOne Health employees were offered jobs by University Medical Center. It's not clear how many of the 100 KentuckyOne employees may join the U of L staff, spokesman Gary Mans said."

KentuckyOne laid off 500 employees in 2014 and eliminated 200 positions that were vacant, Schneider notes, adding: "Last July, a state inspection found that nursing deficiencies had endangered three patients at University Hospital. The state later found the hospital had corrected the problems."

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