Jewish Hospital has cut 155 jobs at its Louisville facility.
Officials have not returned a request for comment, but have issued a statement saying about 45 of the positions were already vacant. The company blames the cuts on market trends.
The statement goes on to say the reductions won’t affect care and the nurse per patient ratio will not change. This is the second round of layoffs at the hospital. Last year, its parent company cut 500 positions, 250 of those were layoffs.
The statement does not say whether the cuts are in anticipation of the merger with University of Louisville Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. The merger is expected to create a number of redundancies in the healthcare system. Here is the full statement:
As a result of decreased healthcare utilization and market trends, Jewish Hospital has eliminated 155 positions at the downtown hospital. Approximately 30% of these positions came through attrition of team members who have recently voluntarily resigned and left the organization.
Our top priority remains providing high quality care to our patients. These reductions in positions will not change our ability to safely provide bedside care to our patients, as our nurses per patient will not be changed by these reductions. The reductions will come from the areas in which we currently have excess staffing in relation to the reduced demand for services we are seeing within the market. The number of patients that our nurses each care for will not be negatively impacted by this decision.
It is always a last resort for us to eliminate team members and this is no exception. All affected team members have been provided a severance or comparable position within the organization.