Hutchinson Regional Medical Center today announced it will adjust staffing levels and reduce workforce as a direct result of the healthcare landscape being profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing supply costs, lower health insurance reimbursement rates and decreased patient volumes compared to pre-pandemic days. Eighty five positions have been impacted.
Jeff Egbert, interim CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System said that, while difficult, the reduction is necessary as we continue to navigate the substantial and lasting financial impacts of the global pandemic. We have also taken several actions to manage expenses by aligning our cost structure and service line staffing models with current patient volumes.
“These challenges aren’t unique to Hutchinson,” Egbert said. “Many hospitals and healthcare systems across our nation are facing similar challenges, including many in the Midwest.”
We understand this announcement is difficult and disruptive to both the organization and community — this decision was not made lightly and will allow us to increase efficiencies as we rise to meet these challenges. Our employees are more than just a workforce, they are a vital part of the communities we serve — and we are committed to supporting them.
“We are confident that this necessary step will help ensure a secure and stable future for our organization and the patients we serve across Kansas for generations to come,” said Egbert. Impacted employees are eligible for a paid notice period, as well as the continuation of health benefits through COBRA.