Geary Community Hospital has reduced its employed workforce by 22 workers, which is 7 percent of its employed workforce.
The layoffs were necessary after the completion of an operational assessment last spring, which focused on productivity of both clinical and nonclinical departments. The study showed a need to decrease the number of employees to better control labor cost and aid in the improvement of financial performance, according to hospital Administrator Joe Stratton.
“These are trying times in health care today and GCH is no exception,” Stratton said. “So we have to humbly admit we cannot continue to operate as in the past. We must find new ways to meet the challenges of health care tomorrow, and yes, unfortunately job cuts are part of the plan at this time. GCH does not intend to change medical services with this new strategy, and fully intends to keep quality health care local.”
GCH has been experiencing notable pressures within the health care industry at federal, state and regional levels. Dwindling insurance reimbursements, uncollectible debt from uninsured patients, high deductible insurance plans, the buildup of local military medical services and the lack of Medicaid Expansion in Kansas have all compounded the challenges at the hospital over the past three years.