Marshfield Clinic Health System statement on employee reductions
FOR THE WAUSAU TIMES
Marshfield Clinic Health System today announced a reduction in staff that will impact 346 employees among the organization’s more than 12,000 employee workforce in Wisconsin. The decision comes against the backdrop of a health care industry challenged by skyrocketing labor costs, higher supply expenses and reduction in reimbursements.
“We are not immune to the immense pressure and unprecedented challenges gripping the health care industry in recent years, which has required us to identify ways to be more efficient and more resourceful,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Reducing staff is always painful. This is ultimately about preserving the long-term efficiency and sustainability of our organization.”
Turney added: “We are committed to supporting all affected employees with resources and services to aide them in their transition, including assistance searching for other roles within the Health System.”
The total number of employees affected represent less than 3% of the Health System’s employee base. Additionally the Health System eliminated more than 500 positions that have been unfilled and no longer recruited, which has allowed the Health System to lessen the impact on employees.
The Health System is also engaging its community partners in regions with affected staff, including working with local groups and identifying employers with potential employment opportunities.
The Heath System will continually review its resources and specific patient care needs, and look for any additional opportunities to continue addressing the challenges facing the industry.