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Mercy Hospital System Layoffs of 300 Employees Could Come as Early as Monday

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Mercy Hospital layoffs could be coming sooner than expected for some in Joplin.
Mercy announced at the beginning of the month that it would layoff 200 to 300 employees across its system which includes 7 states. 
But a  Mercy worker tells KOAM that Monday is when layoffs will take effect and some departments will be eliminated, including some with  the Mercy Technology Services Department.
A statement from Mercy in Joplin where the new hospital is still under construction, and a temporary one still operates indicates consolidation of support services.  Mercy points to reimbursement reductions from govngovernment commercial payers and the lack of medicaid expansion in the states it serves.  
 Direct patient care areas won't be affected.  
A local  mercy spokeswoman says  the heaviest layoffs will come in Springfield and St. Louis.
An employee tells us a reason given for the layoffs is that there are duplicate services across the ministry.

Here is the complete statement give by Mercy in Joplin to the media upon request:

Like all health care providers, Mercy is managing the impact of market changes, including reimbursement reductions from government and commercial payers, lack of Medicaid expansion in most of the states we serve and declining inpatient utilization. We have been expecting and preparing for these changes for several years and have made tremendous progress in redesigning the health delivery system to meet evolving needs. As part of our transformation, we have consolidated many non-patient care support services to streamline how we work and achieve greater efficiencies. We are in the process of further reorganizing our support services across all Mercy communities and anticipate reductions in that workforce ranging from 200 to 300 positions later this month. Departments affected are in support functions; direct patient care areas are not affected. Mercy is committed to maintaining the highest levels of quality, safety and service as we undertake these changes. We recognize the impact of these workforce reductions on our co-workers and our transition plan will reflect our commitment to dignity and compassion. Mercy's total workforce is approximately 40,000 across seven states.



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