Via Christi Health to reduce staff

Via Christi Health (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas — Via Christi is reducing the size of its staff. The reduction will take place by the end of June.   Initial estimates are that the reduction will be in the range of 350-400 positions, or about 4 percent of Via Christi’s statewide workforce. Additionally,  senior leaders will be taking a salary reduction of about 4 percent.

Via Christi Health, like other health care organizations nationwide, is experiencing financial challenges as a result of declining hospital and physician visit volumes.

“These declines have been taking place over several years but they have accelerated at Via Christi since the snow storms in February and have not bounced back,” said Jeff Korsmo, president and CEO for Via Christi Health.
Despite performance improvement initiatives designed to reduce costs, with less than two months left in its fiscal year, Via Christi is approximately $18 million below budget.

To minimize the number of involuntary staff reductions, Via Christi is eliminating some recently vacated positions and will be selectively offering voluntary reductions. Staff members whose positions are eliminated will receive severance and other support in accordance with Via Christi’s Workforce in Transition policies.

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