Merger prompts lay­offs at CHI St. Vin­cent in Arkansas

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Bob Her­man

CHI St. Vin­cent Health Sys­tem, Lit­tle Rock, Ark., a sub­sidiary of Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives, said it would lay off about 2% of its work­force and elim­i­nate sev­eral other jobs as it in­te­grates a pre­vi­ously ac­quired hospi­tal.

In April, CHI St. Vin­cent agreed to take over 282-bed Mercy Hospi­tal Hot Springs (Ark.) from Mercy Health. The hospi­tal has since been re­named CHI St. Vin­cent Hot Springs.

CHI St. Vin­cent will lay off 91 em­ploy­ees and elim­i­nate 157 po­si­tions al­to­gether through­out the sys­tem. Of­fi­cials said the trans­ac­tion would al­low CHI St. Vin­cent and the Hot Springs hospi­tal to con­sol­i­date sev­eral back-of­fice func­tions, “en­sur­ing con­sis­tent and eq­ui­table op­er­a­tions” across the four-hospi­tal sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Most lay­offs did not af­fect pa­tient-care roles.

Con­sol­i­da­tion at CHI St. Vin­cent Health led to staff re­duc­tions.

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