62 People Part of SJRMC Employee Reduction
LEWISTON, ID – Sixty-two employees of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center have been affected by a reduction in force. Hospital officials say the majority of affected employees will receive severance pay and are eligible for continued benefit coverage through COBRA. Ten of the employees will be eligible for hire by an outsource vendor used by the hospital, and there may be some services that are relocated as a result of the changes today.
“As you would expect, this has been an incredibly challenging day for our team, especially for the affected colleagues. The prolonged period of time it took to complete the recent ownership transaction was a significant challenge for the hospital. The uncertainty that grew, throughout the nearly three years, resulted in physicians leaving the area, patients choosing to go elsewhere for care, and minimal investment in services and physician recruitment. As a result, according to both national standards and existing patient census, the current staff at the hospital outnumbered the need,” according to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Interim CEO Cindy Cowie.