Liberty Hospital announces elimination of 129 positions

LIBERTY, Mo. - More than 100 Liberty Hospital employees are without a job.

The hospital has announced the elimination of 129 positions, as well its patient transportation program and the closure of its Wound Clinic  .

Julie Simpson , director of marketing at the hospital, says the layoffs are necessary in part because of new federal mandates put forth in the Affordable Care Act that reduces money coming in from Medicare, leading to higher payments required of patients and more issues with bad debtors.

The changes, part of the hospital's Strategic Performance Improvement Initiative, were approved during a May 8 board meeting, according to a memo sent to hospital employees.

Simpson said the eliminations took place on all levels of staff, from senior management to part-time help. The positions picked for elimination were based on a mix employee performance and business necessity as it pertained to the individual position, Simpson said.

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