Corbin hospital announces layoffs

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's a major employer in the region, but Baptist Regional Medical Center said they are having to let folks go.

Managers met with employees in a variety of meetings on Tuesday, bringing them the bad news. One hundred of them will soon have no job.

The struggles from this economy are now taking their toll.

"We've been doing a number of things during the last four or five months to squeeze tighter and tighter," said John Henson, C.E.O of Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, "We do not try to impact direct hands-on patient caregivers."

Henson said by June one hundred jobs will be cut from the Corbin hospital.

"We try as much as we can to be a family. It's like telling your family member they do not have a job. It's not easy," said Henson.

The layoffs had been rumored for some time. Leaders said there had been talk for months, but they decided to make it official now, so folks could prepare for what is to come.

"Of course, it is one of our biggest employers. We have a lot of people employed there, so it's going to hurt," said Susan Hampton, with the Office of Employment and Training in Corbin.

Hospital leaders said they are dealing with funding cuts. Last year they planned for more than one million dollars in state funding but did not receive it.

"Those types of notices are not uncommon events," said Henson.

They believe this layoff is painful but necessary.

"We do have those types of shortfalls, and we do have to do something drastic," said Henson.

Leaders are hoping by June they only have to cut 50 or 60 jobs. That's because they are encouraging some folks to retire early or go back to school to lessen the impact.

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