Clovis hospital cuts some positions

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers

A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials.
Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18.
“Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement released Tuesday by PRMC Administrator Hoyt Skabelund.
Hospital revenue is down by $260,000 from last year, mostly as a result of a shortage of physicians, Skabelund said. With the shortage, potential hospital income is lost, Skabelund said. He also anticipates a net revenue loss of about $10 million with the arrival of a new surgery center set to open in November in Clovis.
That means about 50 percent of PRMC surgical revenue will be lost, he said.
More than 600 people are employed at PRMC, hospital officials said.
Staff cuts were made based on seniority, and severance packages were given to those affected, PRMC officials said. Many affected employees have been given the opportunity to remain at PRMC in different positions, Skabelund said.
Skabelund estimates more than half of those in eliminated positions will remain at the hospital in different positions.
No additional PRMC staff reductions are planned at this time and patient care should not be affected by the cuts, Skabelund said.
The cuts were approved Monday by Plains Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Finance Committee, according to Skabelund.