PeaceHealth Cuts Nearly 500 Jobs

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — PeaceHealth announced Tuesday it will be cutting nearly 500 jobs in Oregon, Washington and Alaska in an effort to cut costs.

Administrators say PeacHealth employs about 16,000 people across all three states. Oregon West Network CEO John Hill says the majority of the impact will be felt in southwest Washington; but local hospitals like RiverBend will also see some cuts.

“We shared that we would cut 55 positions across the Oregon West Network, which includes our communities in Florence, Cottage Grove, Eugene and Springfield,” Hill said.

Hill says the majority of the cuts will be to administrative and support roles. PeaceHealth did not say which locations those cuts will be made.

“First thing is make sure we do not make any reductions at the bedside so physicians and nurses and other caregivers who support direct care,” Hill said.

Hill says conversations regarding the cuts will be handled on an individual basis.

“We are in the process right now of speaking with those that will be affected and displaced because of this action and so those conversations are carrying on and will take place within the next week,” Hill said.

Not only is PeaceHealth letting go of employees to cut costs, but Hill says there will also be cost reductions in supplies and traveling expenses. He says cutting employees is always the last resort.

“Done everything we possibly can to keep the nurses and physicians and caregivers at the bedside to ensure the safety and the best possible outcome for our patients,” Hill said.

Hill says conversations starting Tuesday morning with those affected and those employees will be receiving severance packages.

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