Palmetto Health eliminates 140 positions to ‘improve operational efficiencies’

Palmetto Health eliminates 140 positions to ‘improve operational efficiencies’

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Palmetto Health spokesperson confirmed in a statement that 140 positions have been eliminated in order to “reduce...expenses and improve operational efficiencies.”

Palmetto Health officials say they examined their 15,000 positions and identified 140 positions they could eliminate. The layoffs effect Palmetto Health and the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group employees.

“Although our patient volumes remain high, our revenue has continued to decline, which is a condition leading health care systems across the nation are experiencing,” the statement says.

Many of the roles eliminated had not been filed since October with employees being “redeployed” to reduce 70 positions. On Jan. 3, 70 employees were told their positions had been eliminated.

The employees were given a severance package, outplacement services, and assistance applying for other positions within Palmetto Health.

“We value all the contributions each affected team member has made to our team and to the patients we serve. These decisions were not based on job performance,” the statement says. “Leaders considered the number of factors to determine which positions to eliminate within their areas. We are committed to treating everyone affected by this decision with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Palmetto Health announced in September 2018 that they would be joining with Greenville Health System and rebranding as Prisma Health.

“We are grateful for our integration with Greenville Health System as we are becoming Prisma Health,” the statement says. “Already in the first year of operations, we have benefitted from about $30 million in savings through synergies and integration. These savings also are helping us make progress toward our overall financial goals.”

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate of Prisma Health and the USC School of Medicine, will be renamed Prisma Health-USC Medical Group in late 2019.

You can read the entire statement here:

Palmetto Health and the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group have been experiencing ongoing pressures to reduce our expenses and improve operational efficiencies while still providing the highest quality, safest care to patients. Although our patient volumes remain high, our revenue has continued to decline, which is a condition leading health care systems across the nation are experiencing. During the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, leaders have been taking actions including flexing staffing levels, adjusting work hours, cutting out overtime, not filling open roles, redeploying team members into different roles and removing high-cost agency labor. These efforts have helped us make some progress. As we enter the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, we must make even more progress. After careful consideration, we looked across our 15,000 positions and identified nearly 140 positions to eliminate. Since October, we have not filled open roles and have redeployed team members in order to eliminate about 70 of these positions. On Jan. 3, about 70 team members were notified their positions were eliminated through a reduction in force, and they have left the organization. Affected team members are being offered a severance package, outplacement services and assistance applying for other positions within the organization. These changes were made with attention to minimizing impact on patient care. We value all the contributions each affected team member has made to our team and to the patients we serve. These decisions were not based on job performance. Leaders considered a number of factors to determine which positions to eliminate within their areas. We are committed to treating everyone affected by this decision with the dignity and respect they deserve. We are grateful for our integration with Greenville Health System as we are becoming Prisma Health. Already in the first year of operations, we have benefitted from about $30 million in savings through synergies and integration. These savings also are helping us make progress toward our overall financial goals.
Palmetto Health statement on reduction in force

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