KentuckyOne Health announces ER closure as 500 employees are laid off

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 7:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Major changes continue for KentuckyOne Health as hundreds of employees have been let go.

On Thursday it was announced that the emergency room at Jewish Northeast at Old Henry Road and Gene Snyder will close in April because of low demand.

The main facility however will remain open. People are split in the area over whether that's the right choice.

"I feel like there are enough services. There is Brownsboro, Norton down the street and they are equipped," Dana Winston, Louisville resident, said.

"They have good service here and I think they are gonna need the kind of service that they offer here," Reza Ghaser said.

KentuckyOne said there are other ERs within the area. Norton Brownsboro Hospital is seven miles away. Medical Center Jewish East is 13 miles away. And Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is 19 miles away. Earlier in February, KentuckyOne, which owns several hospitals including University of Louisville announced $218 million deficit that would lead to layoffs.

"With healthcare the way it is, we don't need it. It’s nice to have a nice place if you are hospitalized," another resident said. 

The layoffs are expected to be complete on Friday, Feb. 28. KentuckyOne Health said in a statement that 500 employees have been laid off. KentuckyOne said there are 200 vacant positions that will not be filled. Some of the employees who have been laid off have found positions within KentuckyOne while others are still looking at opportunities at KentuckyOne and other CHI locations nationally, according to KentuckyOne.

KentuckyOne Health said each person whose position was eliminated is being given priority consideration if they apply for open positions within the system and some have already transferred to other opportunities within KentuckyOne.

“During times like these, it is even more important that we pull together, move forward, and continue our journey of becoming KentuckyOne Health. We must keep our focus on providing high quality care and services to our communities,” Ruth Brinkley, KentuckyOne Health president and CEO, said.
 

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