Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ashland hospital lays off another 4 percent

King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland is laying inedible any more 4 percent of its payroll and ultimate satellite centers in Pikeville and Russell, citing let down facts of patients and cut-rate federal and state reimbursements.
"It is the on the whole up to date in a succession of layoffs in support of the remedial midpoint, which saying layoffs and swing reductions in support of more than 100 employees in 2010 and an undisclosed digit of layoffs in 2012," reports Beth Hendricks of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va. "Most affected positions are in support, administration and supervisory areas, according to KDMC spokesman Tom Dearing. Staffing levels in support of manage enduring thoughtfulness continue unchanged. Physicians by the side of the ultimate family-care offices will be relocated to other centers."

Mike James of The Independent in Ashland reports, "Some workers had their hours nick from chubby instant to part instant, Dearing thought. . . . CEO Fred Jackson ... Thought the cuts were part of a countrywide slump in the vigor thoughtfulness commercial. . . . Jackson’s email blamed 'a whole storm of a shifting commercial archetype, changing federal and state reimbursements, increasing demand in support of charity thoughtfulness, and a weak economy' and thought the sickbay would look to outpatient services and its similarity outreach centers in support of hope growth."

Jackson has been under fire from the Service Employees International Union in support of his unreserved compensation of $1.37 million in 2010, the be included reported on the not-for-profit hospital's on the whole up to date IRS Form 990. "By comparison, a president by the side of a Huntington-based sickbay earned $725,744," Hendricks reports. "Five extra KDMC senior management officials saying a combined $300,000 in increased wages greater than the same time."

Hendricks writes, "Ashland City Commissioner Kevin Gunderson thought the layoffs Thursday, coupled by layoffs in up to date years, raises questions almost whether the board and management by the side of King's Daughters allow overspent on various outreach clinics, a little of which are ultimate. 'They be supposed to allow alert on their heart remedial midpoint as a substitute of building outreach centers in Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Flatwoods, Cannonsburg, Russell and South Shore and Jackson, Ironton, Burlington and a big single in Portsmouth,' Gunderson thought. 'I precisely drove by nearby at present, and they had frequent not worth it planting shrubbery.' . . . This week's layoffs are the most up-to-date in a sequence of woes in support of the sickbay, which lost its contract with Medicaid managed-care organization CoventryCares in deferred 2012. King's Daughters is plus under a Department of Justice investigation into its cardiac train."

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