Layoffs hit Sherman hospital

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ on Friday announced the elimination of approximately 18 support positions at its Sherman facility, a move hospital officials said was designed to “provide more care at the bedside.” Officials did not specify the exact number of people who will be laid off, explaining that several of the individuals in the eliminated positions will be offered alternate employment.

“(Eighteen is) how many people are going to be affected, but it’s not necessarily how many people are going to be losing their jobs,” said hospital spokeswoman Cathy Black, who said this is the only round of major staff reductions she believes the hospital has recently undergone.

“While we have taken these steps to reduce and consolidate, we continue to focus on recruiting and hiring nursing and clinical staff,” WNJ Chief Executive Vance Reynolds said in a prepared statement. “We are basically realigning and consolidating our non-patient care areas to provide more care at the bedside. Through this process, maintaining the integrity and excellence of patient care is our paramount goal.”

None of the reductions will be made among the hospital’s doctors or nurses, said Black.

“There were no patient-care positions involved at all … it was all support (staff), no clinical, none of that. It’s more finance, administration, human resources, and those types of areas involved,” she said.

Officials said the layoffs were not related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.


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