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Regional Medical Center

Regional Medical Center

The Regional Medical Center is eliminating some positions as it restructures its non-clinical administrative and educational staff in a cost-cutting effort.

"We eliminated some primarily non-clinical positions, but we have many positions open that are clinical and non-clinical," RMC Vice President of Strategy and Marketing Carol Koenecke-Grant said.

RMC is encouraging affected employees to apply for those other positions within the hospital if they’re qualified and eligible, she said.

Koenecke-Grant said it is unknown what the net loss of employees will be until after the application and hiring process for those positions is complete.

The number of affected employees could make up about 1 percent of the hospital's workforce. Through the end of October, RMC had about 1,135 full-time employees, according to internal budget documents.

"We expect that many of these individuals will apply for other positions within RMC and are hopeful these individuals remain employed by RMC," Koenecke-Grant said.

The restructuring effort is expected to result in savings of about $1.2 million in 2020, Koenecke-Grant said.

The changes are being made, "to ensure that Regional Medical Center remains financially viable so that it can continue to provide services to the communities we serve," Koenecke-Grant said. “Administration, with the support of the board, continually assesses not only the quality of care provided but also evaluates opportunities for efficiencies that impact its financial performance. We continually assess opportunities to improve efficiencies."

The hospital officially informed employees Wednesday about the move.

"There should be no impact to patient care," Koenecke-Grant said. "The positions eliminated were largely administrative positions."

"As always, quality clinical care remains Regional Medical Center’s primary goal," she said.

The move comes as the hospital kicked off its new fiscal year with a financial loss for October. The entire hospital system, including the seven primary care practices, saw a total loss of $831,417 for the month.

The loss was largely blamed on high group health insurance claims.

The hospital realigned its nursing department earlier this year. That realignment affected about 44 of the hospital's 66 lead and administrative nurses.

About 30 nurses were given an opportunity to remain in a leadership role or to become a bedside nurse. The other 14 individuals were given the opportunity to find other positions in the hospital.

The restructuring was an effort to better allocate human resources to focus on patient care.

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