Prisma Health is eliminating 327 employees, or about 1% of its workforce of 32,000, to improve operating efficiencies and streamline the organization, officials announced today.
Prisma Health has eliminated 200 other positions across its Upstate and Midlands locations since Oct. 1. Employees were being notified today of the layoffs.
“The health-care environment in which we operate is becoming increasingly challenging for a variety of reasons, including lower reimbursements and increasing numbers of patients who are underinsured or uninsured,” said Mark O’Halla, president and chief executive officer of Prisma Health.
O’Halla said that when Prisma Health was formed 26 months ago, they began integrating and consolidating functions to gain the benefits of scale and to remove costs from the organization. Duplicative executive management positions were eliminated, leadership was restructured, and there was a significant cost savings in supplies, technology and other areas.
“We are taking steps to ensure that everything we are doing — both clinical and non-clinical is delivering quality and value,” O’Halla said. “As part of this ongoing work, we have identified a number of additional expense-reduction strategies — many of which impact our workforce. These are difficult decisions, but we need to make them now so we can provide the quality care our patients deserve in a financially sustainable manner that positions us for future growth opportunities.”
Areas affected span the organization, including administrative, corporate and clinical areas across all campuses. Prisma Health is providing the affected employees with severance pay and outplacement services. They’ll also have the opportunity to apply for open positions across the organization.
In addition, Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital’s 15-bed Subacute Unit and the Children’s Residential Program in Greenville will be phased out in the coming months.
Patients treated in these programs have a number of other local options, officials said, and Prisma Health is taking the steps necessary to ensure that there is minimal disruption to patient care during the transition.
“We’re committed to building a stronger organization, where patients will experience consistent, high-quality care, regardless of which Prisma Health location they choose forcare,” O’Halla said. “At Prisma Health, the patient is at the center of everything we do.”
Prisma Health has 18 hospitals, 2,984 beds, more than 300 physician practice sites and serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually.