WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu April 17, 2014
T.J. Samson Hospital Cutting Jobs
T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow announced Wednesday that it will cut between 39 and 49 employees from all departments beginning immediately. The hospital released the news at a news conference in Glasgow.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports interim CEO Henry Royse said the difficult decisions were based on a costly roll out of an inadequate financial software program and the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Besides the staff layoffs, senior management and salaried physicians will have their pay cut by 10% and employees making more than $10 an hour will see reductions of 2% to 6% beginning in September.
Despite the decisions that the hospital was faced with, the administration claims to be still encouraged by the hospital's future. The cuts won't impact the quality or access to care "that drives nearly 1,200 employees of T.J. Samson every day," according to a news release.
This latest news comes after the non-profit hospital offered employees early retirement last year. At least two dozen people, including then CEO Bill Kindred, accepted that offer.