QUESTION: Is it true that Cone Health has laid off 21 directors or above and 40 lower-level employees, including at Alamance Regional Medical Center?
ANSWER: Yes, according to Mandy Eaton, chief operating officer for Cone Health.
“Like many other health care systems across the United States, Cone Health faces rising costs and personnel shortages,” Eaton told The Alamance News Wednesday “That combination has squeezed margins, threatening our ability to offer the array of services we provide.
“As a result,” Eaton elaborated, “68 director and above positions were eliminated on February 21. Of the 68, only 21 of the positions were filled. Those individuals were offered severance packages.” Three of the positions that were eliminated last month were based at ARMC, the chief operating officer said Wednesday.
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Easton said those layoffs represented approximately .005 percent of Cone Health’s total workforce of 13,000 employees and .0025 percent of the employees at ARMC.
“Our hope is that these and other actions allow Cone Health to weather the economic troubles facing the health care industry,” Cone Health spokesman Doug Allred added in response to the newspaper’s inquiry. “Our responsibility is to continue assessing our personnel and other resources so that we might continue providing convenient, high-quality health care to people throughout the Triad.”
The number of employees laid off by Cone Health so far this year does not rise to the level to require the hospital system to file a federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notice (WARN) with the state Department of Commerce. Federal law requires companies with at least 100 full-time employees to give a minimum of 60 days’ notice of any decision that results in mass layoffs.
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