NEW DETAILS: Sacred Heart Layoffs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NEW DETAILS: Sacred Heart Layoffs Not As Bad As Originally Thought

SPOKANE, Wash. - Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center confirmed seven layoffs at today's meeting. A spokesperson for the hospital told KHQ that two registered nurses voluntarily resigned and five registered nurses will have their hours cut. Sacred Heart said the latest move is part of its workforce reduction. Nurses who spoke to KHQ feared layoffs would be much higher. Sacred Heart said they held open positions for several months in order to minimize the number of nurses that may lose jobs. 
 
The reassignment process is defined by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) Collective Bargaining Agreement and includes a seniority based system. The cuts are mainly due to the declining economy, with factors including: a growing number of uninsured and increased levels of charity care, declining use of health care services and reduced reimbursement to hospitals for State and Federal programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. 
 
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SPOKANE, Wash.  -  Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center confirms there are nurse layoffs as the hospital moves forward with its workforce reduction. While the final number of layoffs is still being determined, a hospital spokesperson confirms they "will not be in the hundreds."  They expect to release a final number by end of day or early tomorrow morning.
 
The reassignment process is defined by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) Collective Bargaining Agreement and includes a seniority based system. Sacred Heart says they have held open positions for several months in order to minimize the number of nurses that may lose jobs. 
 
The cuts are mainly due to the declining economy, with factors including: a growing number of uninsured and increased levels of charity care, declining use of health care services and reduced reimbursement to hospitals for State and Federal programs such as Medicaid and Medicare.
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