Wyoming Medical Center lets go 58 employees; 50+ vacancies to remain unfilled

(Casper, Wyo.) - For 105 years, Wyoming Medical Center has served the people of Natrona County. Our mission is to advance the health and wellness of our community, and we do that every day by providing life-saving care to all patients who come through our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. That is why today’s announcement is so painful. This morning, we reduced 58 employees from our workforce. Another 57 positions will be left vacant. Affected workers have been notified, and were offered a compensation package, including up to 60 days of pay. We are also offering access to counseling and will connect them to career transition and community services. They will be encouraged to apply for open positions at WMC. As always, patient care and safety remain our top priorities. We are committed to keeping people at the bedsides, and today’s action will not affect patient care as we deliberately did not reduce any bedside nurses. No services are being cut, and we are taking this action so that we can remain healthy and strong for years to come. While we understand the impact this action has on the individuals and their families, we must protect our long-term viability in a dramatically changing economy and healthcare market. We have a moral, ethical and legal obligation per our lease with the county, “to develop, maintain, operate a hospital and related healthcare facilities and services in Natrona County, WY, to provide diagnosis and treatment for all persons.” That means caring for our community and our state while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. This action will save the organization $7.2 million in wages, salaries and benefits. It is necessary in an increasingly challenging economy and healthcare market: • The rapid downturn in the local economy is putting pressure on many industries. • Over the last several months, our payer mix has changed dramatically. The percentage of commercially insured patients is shrinking while the percentage of self-pay patients and those on Medicare and Medicaid is rising. • Reimbursements for care from government payers such as Medicare and Medicaid continue to decrease. #oilcity #news #wmc