* Editorial note: St. Francis Hospital & Health Services has released the following statement with regard to a recent layoff affecting 1% of its local workforce.
In today's health care environment, hospitals and healthcare systems across the nation are facing unprecedented transformation. While addressing these challenges, St. Francis Hospital & Health Services and its parent organization SSM Health Care are committed to providing exceptional, high-quality care to its patients and communities.
Over the last few years, St. Francis began to experience this dramatic transformation: shift from inpatient to outpatient care, reduced reimbursements from federal payers,increased bad debt and charity care, negative impacts due to sequestration as well as other reductions in reimbursement.
A review of best practices, efficiencies and standardization throughout SSM garnered opportunities to improve services by consolidating some functional areas. Unfortunately, these consolidations along with other necessary reductions have resulted in a loss of approximately 1% ofpositionslocally with additional positions eliminated through attrition.
While difficult, this new structure will allow the organization to be better prepared for further changes in the healthcare industry while continuing to focus on enhancing the patient experience.