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42 Springfield Jobs Cut in Mercy Workforce Reduction

(UPDATE) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Mercy has released the number of position cuts implemented in Springfield after announcing a seven-state workforce reduction.
(UPDATE) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Mercy has released the number of position cuts implemented in Springfield after announcing a seven-state workforce reduction.

According to a news statement, a total of 42 positions at Mercy Springfield have been eliminated as a result of the reduction. Throughout Mercy, a total of 220 positions have been eliminated.

According to the statement, that’s less than one percent of Mercy’s 40,000 workforce.

Mercy says the eliminations come as a response to economic and environmental changes in health care.

“While not uncommon in today’s health care environment, these kinds of changes are nonetheless difficult,” says Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO, in the statement. “As we realign to operate more efficiently, growth and expansion will continue across Mercy as community needs warrant.”

Workers whose positions have been eliminated will receive outplacement services and a severance package, including compensation and benefits based on their position and length of service, according to Mercy.



The following is the full news statement released by Mercy:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 16, 2014) – In response to economic and environmental changes in health care, Mercy has implemented a workforce reduction across its seven-state region. The reduction is limited to non-patient care support areas. A total of 42 positions in Springfield, Missouri have been eliminated as a result of the reduction. Throughout Mercy, a total of 220 positions have been eliminated, less than one percent of Mercy’s 40,000-member workforce.

Co-workers whose positions have been eliminated are being treated with compassion, fairness and respect. Co-workers will receive outplacement services and a severance package including compensation and benefits based on their position and length of service.

Most co-workers whose positions have been eliminated will be given the opportunity to leave Mercy immediately so that they can begin to plan their transition. In certain situations, co-workers may be asked to remain with Mercy for a short period of time to complete or transition their current work to others.

“While not uncommon in today’s health care environment, these kinds of changes are nonetheless difficult,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “As we realign to operate more efficiently, growth and expansion will continue across Mercy as community needs warrant.”

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