LITTLE ROCK – Baptist Health of Little Rock announced July 16 that 170 workers in its system are losing their jobs.
The layoffs are immediate and were to be completed by week’s end, Arkansas Business reported. The cuts will "not impact the quality of clinical patient care, … and they are consistent with actions other hospitals have taken," Mark Lowman, a Baptist Health spokesman, said in a statement to Arkansas Business.
Baptist Health has hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Arkadelphia and about 7,300 workers, according to Arkansas Business. Layoffs target employees who aren't nurses.
"We are undertaking a number of initiatives that will position our organization to address the challenges of health reform and severe federal budget cuts," Lowman said in the statement to Arkansas Business. "Baptist Health has worked to reduce non salary expenses, gain efficiencies in all aspects of operations through consolidation of services and simplification of processes."
Lowman also cited "a difficult and challenging environment of substantially less government reimbursement, burdensome government regulations, rapidly rising costs of supplies, increasing charity care and bad debt, and the need for technology and medical innovations" as a reason for the layoffs.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock reported total patient revenue of $1.49 billion in 2011 and a net income of nearly $15 million, Arkansas Business reported.