March 31, 2012

Grays Harbor Community Hospital announced on Friday a plan to restructure its workforce that will impact 50-60 jobs and force a 10% salary cut for all administrators, managers, and salaried staff.

A statement from GHCH stated the hospital is facing a $4 million budget gap as of first quarter of 2012. “We do not see these conditions improving in the near future,” said hospital CEO Tom Jensen.

High unemployment of over 13% in Grays Harbor County means GHCH is seeing more and more patients who are not able to pay for their medical care. In 2010, GHCH had to cover a total of $15,987,545 in write-offs due to charity care and bad debt. In 2011, $19,676,280 was written off, which is a 23% increase from the previous year.

“To continue providing healthcare in our community, we must face this transition head on and adjust our operations,” said CEO Tom Jensen. “Everyone is tightening their belts, but we have to do more.”

This restructure affects union and nonunion jobs.

“It will not be 50 to 60 people (laid) off, but they will be affected with schedule changes, potential hours cut, and some will be laid off.” Public Relations Director David Quigg tells KXRO “They will be coming from lots of different departments, from the top levels and down.“

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