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Mercy Implements Workforce Reduction

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In response to economic and environmental challenges, Mercy is implementing a workforce reduction across four states. As part of this plan, a total of 19 positions in Joplin and 3 positions in Carthage across a variety of departments and services have been eliminated.

Throughout all Mercy facilities and services in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, a total of 347 positions have been eliminated, less than one percent of Mercy's nearly 40,000 workforce. With a focus on reducing management, the total includes 178 leader positions. The majority of non-leader positions are non-clinical care roles that are part of Mercy's revenue management department.

Mercy also is implementing a leadership restructuring involving position and title changes for approximately 185 leaders across Mercy.

Co-workers whose positions have been eliminated are being treated with compassion, dignity and respect. Co-workers will receive outplacement services and a severance package including compensation and benefits based on their position and length of service.

“Changes such as these are difficult and distressing for everyone involved,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “While our decisions support Mercy's ability to stay strong and relevant in the face of challenges impacting all health care providers, today our thoughts and prayers are with those co-workers who are affected.”

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