Oklahoma Among States Affected by Mercy Health Layoffs

Mercy Health System announced this week that layoffs are being planned at facilities that may include those in Oklahoma.

Approximately 200 to 300 employees are facing layoffs across Mercy's network of hospitals and clinics at the end of June. The Kansas-based company stated that lack of Medicaid expansion, declining inpatient utilization and reductions in insurance payments among the reasons for the pending layoffs.

"We have been expecting and preparing for these changes for several years and have made tremendous progress in redesigning the health delivery system to meet evolving needs," the statement added. "As part of our transformation, we have consolidated many non-patient care support services to streamline how we work and achieve greater efficiencies."

Officials with the healthcare provider were not able to provide how many of those layoffs would affect facilities in Oklahoma. But that only positions in support services, not direct patient care, would be affected for staff across Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Previous reports from KTUL state that Mercy announced in March that it was selected to take over management for the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa. Officials with Mercy told KTUL that the partnership would "not be impacted in any way by the workforce reductions."

The new partnership selection starts negotiations between Mercy and OSU on a long-term management contract, which will include investments to modernize the facilities and upgrade operations at the OSU Medical Center, according to a previous press release.

Mercy has a total 40,000 employees across its network, according to their website. There are also outreach ministries in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.