SO SWAMPED: Mercy Hospitals Laying Off and Furloughing Workers Nationwide

We were all told the hospitals were so overwhelmed because of the coronavirus, we were all lied to.

Mercy announced it will layoff and furlough workers, citing “the heavy economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.”

The health system will eliminate positions “at every level of the organization, impacting every department and every community we serve,” according to a statement released to 40/29 News.

Severance packages will be provided.

Mercy wasn’t able to release details about how many workers will be laid off.

“We are still working to keep as many co-workers employed as possible,” the statement read.

Furloughs will start next week and go through the end of July if needed. They will take place in the four states Mercy is located in, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.

401k/403b service contributions and matches will not be made for 2020, even for workers who keep their jobs. Annual merit pay increases may be delayed as well.

Leaders at the health system will earn up to 26% less this year than last.

“Our hearts go out to those impacted by these changes and the unprecedented impact of this global pandemic,” the statement read.

Mercy has more than 2,000 physicians across more than 300 offices.

You can read more from our friends at 4029tv.

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