Muskegon hospital laying off 90

January 15, 2009
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Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon today announced that 2 percent of its workforce, or about 90 workers, will be laid off by the end of March.

The Trinity Health-owned health system, which was created less than a year ago with the merger of Mercy General Health Partners and Hackley Hospital, cited increased demand for charity care and decreased volume for some hospital procedures, particularly electives.

The lay-offs include 31 licensed practical nurses, who were notified last week, under union contract provisions, said Kelly Kurburski, public relations and marketing manager for MHP.

She said the other lay-offs are “management and staff” positions, some of them immediately, but no other direct patient care jobs are being affected. She said the lay-offs are occurring “throughout the system” and are not confined to the hospital campuses. 

“We want to reinforce that patient care comes first,” Kurburski said. “We’re really trying to right size the organization so it doesn’t affect patient care.”

MHP employs 4,300. Revenues of the merged hospital system topped $500 million for the fiscal year that ended in July, Kurburski said.

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