PeaceHealth announces job reductions for caregivers

The company says the move will affect medical assistants, licensed practical nurses and patient access representatives.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 11:33 AM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 6:41 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Some caregivers at PeaceHealth may be out of a job.

The company announced the move this morning, saying medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, and patient access representatives will be affected.

Spokesman Jeremy Rush said employees will be offered a voluntary departure package. Others who are impacted can apply for other jobs, Rush said.

Kevin Mealy, from the Oregon Nurses Association, released the following statement:

"We're very concerned about PeaceHealth's troubling pattern of layoffs. Having the right caregiver in the right place at the right time can save lives and cutting care team members will lead to lower-quality health care for local communities. PeaceHealth needs to do more put patients before profits."

The Oregon Nurses Foundation represents nearly 1,500 nurses working at PeaceHealth, and Mealy said they are concerned for the future.

The company has not said how many employees will be affected or what locations are impacted.

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