LOUISVILLE, Ky. – KentuckyOne Health CEO Ruth Brinkley announced they would be eliminating 500 positions with the company and 200 vacant positions would not be filled. The news came as a shock to employees and also patients.
Circulation problems forced doctors to amputate Darlys Becker’s leg just below the knee nearly a year ago. Since then, the healing process has been long and filled with complications. “I fell two weeks after my surgery and I had a spot where I pulled two of my staples loose,” Darlys explained, “Very, very frustrating. My daughter and I have really cried a lot. We’ve laugh a lot, you’ve got to laugh. But, it has been a trying time.”
Darlys had been bounced around from doctor to doctor at one wound care center. Finally, she found help she felt she could count on at St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health. But, at her last appointment, she found out the wound care center will be closing. “Yesterday, [the employees] found out yesterday. And some of them said they cried all afternoon. It’s really bad when people have to lose their jobs like that,” Darlys said.
Brinkley said the layoffs were making up for a $218 million deficit. But, it leaves the employees and patients in limbo.
Just a couple days ago, doctors put a graft on Darlys’ leg. “So, here I have a wound that, well, it just has to be looked at,” she explained. It’s just another step in the battle for her leg. “I’m trying to keep from getting my leg cut off above the knee. Cause if they can’t get this healed, I wouldn’t be able to wear prosthesis.”
Now, at a crucial moment in her recover, Darlys, like so many other patients will have to find somewhere else to the care they need.