About 30 Local Jobs Lost in Baptist Health Layoffs
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Baptist Health Systems is laying off 288 people in Kentucky and Indiana, and some local jobs are affected.
A statement released from system headquarters in Louisville said this realignment of their structure includes 149 layoffs in administrative roles at corporate headquarters, with the rest coming from health care facilities in eight cities.
When contacted by West Kentucky Star, Baptist Health's West Region Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Catherine Sivills, issued a statement saying, “In Paducah, about 30 employees will be affected, mostly from the Transitional Care Unit, where services are temporarily suspended due to low census. Local nursing homes can provide care for those patients; and any employees affected may apply for other open positions in the hospital. Hospital openings may include staffing in a new Observation Unit for patients needing to be monitored a day or so without being admitted”
Below is the statement from Baptist Health, with system headquarters in Louisville, Ky., and facilities in 8 markets – 7 in Kentucky and 1 in Southern Indiana:
•This continues to be a time of both transformation and great uncertainty in the healthcare industry. Baptist Health is realigning its structure to best meet the needs of our patients and communities within a challenging financial environment.
•As part of this realignment, Baptist Health is reducing staff across our eight-market system. A total of 288 employees will be affected systemwide, or about 1 percent of the total Baptist Health workforce. This number includes 149 in System Services (our corporate headquarters), primarily administrative roles located in Louisville. Employees will be offered severance and outplacement job assistance, if they are unable to fill other positions within the system.