UPDATE: Via Christi Begins Process Of Cutting 360 Jobs

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Via Christi has announced that it has begun reducing its workforce.

In a news release, Via Christi says it will reduce its workforce by approximately 360 statewide. The move will eliminate 230 full and part time positions.

The rest of the cuts will be made by eliminating currently vacant positions.

“This is an extremely difficult undertaking as these staff members have made valuable contributions to Via Christi during their careers in our ministry,” said Jeff Korsmo, Via Christi Health’s president and chief executive officer. “Unfortunately, these changes are necessary and likely will be the first of a number of changes that we will have to make to put ourselves back into a position of mission-sustaining financial performance.”

Seventy-eight percent of the cuts will be in Wichita, 16 percent of the cuts will be made in Pittsburg, with the remaining 6 percent being cut at Via Christi in Manhattan.

Notifications began last Friday and will continue through Monday. Nearly half of the positions being eliminated are in management, administrative or non-clinical support roles and 80 percent of the reductions are positions other than bedside nursing.

Additionally, senior leaders will be taking a salary reduction of about 4 percent.

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