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Olathe Health announces staff reductions due to COVID-19 impact

Posted at 7:45 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 20:45:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Among the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olathe Health System has announced staff reductions effective June 5.

In March, the hospital suspended elective procedures and many outpatient visits to help contain the spread of the virus.

The impact on patient care activity and the health system's financial situation has been significant.

Compared to last year, Olathe Health says it has seen decreases of 63% of surgeries; 51% of cath lab procedures; 43% of primary care visits; 39% of emergency visits; and 41% of hospital admissions and observations.

In the short term, the hospital has reduced executive compensation between 15% and 30%.

The hospital also initiated a hiring freeze and delayed or eliminated non-critical capital and non-labor expenses.

Effective June 5, 115 associates accepted a voluntary retirement program, according to the health system.

The hospital also is evaluating staffing in areas that do not see patients. That realignment will result in the elimination of 33 positions.

Several of them have accepted or are exploring other opportunities within the organization, Olathe Health said.