Fayette County Memorial Hospital laid off 29 employees Thursday by eliminating positions throughout numerous Fayette County Memorial Hospital departments, including the closing of Business Health Services.
“FCMH has been challenged to work more efficiently and adjust our cost structure due to declines in reimbursements,” said Lyndon Christman, Fayette County Memorial Hospital CEO. “Having evaluated all service lines and expenditures, we are being forced to do more with less across many departments.”
The 29 employees who were laid off received a Fayette County Memorial Hospital Board-approved severance package, according to officials.
The eliminated positions include the Marketing Coordinator, Dietary Services Coordinator, Director of the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Director of Accounting, one position in the Lab, one position in Medical/Surgical, one position in the Specialty Clinic, one position in the Ambulatory Care Unit, 13 positions in the Medical Surgical Associates, one position in IT, five positions in Business Health, and two positions in EMS.
Business Health Services will no longer be serving any patients, effective immediately. and will be completely phased out by the end of March, according to Chelsie Hornsby, the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Director of Marketing. Business Health Services provided occupational health needs to surrounding county employers. It provided services such as BWC injury care, DOT services, OSHA Compliance, physicals, a variety of medical examinations, drug screens, and ancillary services.
The Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation has been absorbed by the Marketing Department, according to Hornsby. The Foundation was established in the spring of 2010 to function as the fundraising arm of the hospital in support of its mission and charitable purposes. The Foundation offers a way for community residents and businesses to directly invest in equipment, services and programs to enhance patient care and the quality of life in Fayette County.
“We will be streamlining a few other departments as well,” said Hornsby.
Fayette County Memorial Hospital has also implemented a pay freeze for all employees as well as a “hiring frost,” which means that if the hospital officials need to hire a vital role, they will. In addition the Senior Management Team, which includes six members, will take a 5 percent reduction in pay.
“Health care is in a time of transformational change and like many hospitals around the country, Fayette County Memorial Hospital has to adjust our cost structure to remain financially viable,” said Hornsby. “This is happening everywhere and it’s happening on a global scale.”
Christman said the reorganization will allow Fayette County Memorial Hospital to operate in a more productive manner and will not affect patient care in the hospital, physician practices or specialty clinics. “We will maintain our focus on continuing to provide excellent quality and high level of care to our patients, while combining skill sets to be a more efficient organization,” Christman said.
At this time, no more staff cuts are expected, according to Hornsby. Anyone with further questions should call (740) 335-1210 and ask for a member of the Senior Management Team.
Ryan Carter can be reached at (740) 313-0352 or on Twitter @rywica.