Rush Health Systems' workforce reduction

Rush Health Systems in Meridian is cutting 4% of its employee base. This is being done by layoffs, early retirements and by not filling some positions.

Hospital officials say the workforce reduction is due to fewer reimbursements, especially from Medicaid and Medicare.

Newscenter 11 reached out to the hospital's administration for a response. The statement issued by Scott Vincent, Rush Health Systems human resources director, appears below:

“Our health system and all healthcare providers nationwide are facing extreme budgetary challenges as a result of decreased reimbursement from all those who pay us, especially governmental health plans such as Medicare and Medicaid. In order to deal with a shortfall of revenue, we have to dramatically reduce our expenses in order to continue to provide quality care to the people of this region.

Our health system payroll is our largest expense and therefore, must be managed as efficiently as possible. We are going about reducing our payroll expenses by offering an early retirement option, not filling positions as they become open and as a last resort, reduction in staff via a position reduction.

Unfortunately, the present economic climate and situations in our marketplace are causing us to have to make some staff reductions across the health system. Health systems all across the nation are doing the same thing. The percentage of the total employee base being reduced is approximately 4%.

We understand that it is very difficult for anyone to lose their job. Our leadership postponed making staff reductions as long as possible. Every effort has been made to eliminate those positions which will least impact patient care. Our Human Resources Department is working with those whose positions are being eliminated to assist them in finding positions within the health system and within the community.

As the area’s largest non-governmental employer, Rush Health Systems is committed to continuing to provide quality care and service. We owe it to the community we have served for over 100 years to maintain a solid foundation that will overcome the extraordinary financial challenges we are facing today.”