Wichita-based Via Christi Health says tough finances are forcing it to eliminate 350 to 400 jobs at its facilities throughout Kansas.
The nonprofit health system announced the decision Tuesday, saying it will involve layoffs and the elimination of some vacant positions. The cuts amount to about 4% of Via Christi's total employment. No word yet on how much Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg will be affected.
The reductions are expected to take place by the end of June. Senior leaders will take salary reductions of about 4 percent.
President and CEO Jeff Korsmo says the system is not operating at a loss, but revenue is about $18 million below budget 10 months into its current fiscal year.
Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg's spokesman, Michael Hayslip, says that particular location needs to cut $3.5 million in expenses, saying the budget shortfall is something that's not unique to just Via Christi:
"Hospitals from coast to coast are seeing decreased volumes. There are studies that show it's due to concern over the Affordable Health Care Act (known as "Obamacare") and its future, and people are seeing higher premiums on their insurance policies. We will be looking at contractural services and any operational costs to cut, then we'll look at vacating positions."