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Mercy Springfield Communities employees are impacted, a spokeswoman says.
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Mercy Springfield Communities employees are impacted, a spokeswoman says.

Mercy conducts layoffs

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Mercy is laying off employees systemwide, according to a statement from the health care provider.

Mercy Springfield Communities spokeswoman Sonya Kullmann provided a statement to Springfield Business Journal. Kullmann said employees within Mercy Springfield Communities are impacted, but she did not disclose how many.

The statement indicates layoffs and the movement of some employees into new roles this week affects less than 1% of Mercy’s 45,000 systemwide employees. As of July 2018, Mercy reported more than 12,700 employees within 50 miles of the Queen City to rank No. 1 on Springfield Business Journal’s list of the area’s largest employers.

“Mercy, along with other health care providers, continues to be challenged by reduced reimbursement for the services we provide, especially from Medicare and Medicaid, which do not fully cover the costs of care,” the statement reads. “At the same time, we are experiencing increased expenses for labor in an increasingly competitive job market, as well as rising costs for drugs and supplies.”

Affected employees will receive severance packages, which include compensation and benefits based on their position and time with the health care system, and assistance locating new jobs, according to the statement.

The layoffs were first reported by KY3.

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shelia wright

I am not shocked by this. Our community will be seeing more doctors leaving their practices because they can not earn enough to cover their needs of food, clothing and shelter. The newest generation of doctors enter practice with 100's of thousands of dollars in med school debt. My husband just 'retired' from his GYN practice after 36 years as an ob-gyn. He is now 66 and in excellent health. He stopped doing private ob practice 2 years ago but continued his office practice and did gyn surgery every week. When I opened an insurance check for $600.00, 2 years ago for a hysterectomy, we knew we were in trouble. He then decided to work as a hospitalist at Mercy Labor and Delivery. This is how he paid his malpractice . It was only $2,434.00 each month. To make retiring easier for us, we went to work with OCH. They are now the Keepers of our 1,000s of medical records. We got one of his last paychecks today. It was

a whooping $1,334.00. This was for seeing patients for 2 weeks and this included 3 surgeries. Last week, I spoke with 2 friends who shared their personal MD had quit last month. Both of these MDs were in their 40's. They could not work enough to satisfy their hospital employers! Good Luck to those of us who choose to live here. shelia wright

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