WICHITA, Kansas — Via Christi Health has begun reducing its workforce by approximately 360 positions.
It is a move that will affect approximately 230 full and part-time workers statewide whose positions are being eliminated.
The remainder of the reductions will come from recently vacated positions that will not be filled and thus no individual will be losing his or her position.
“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.”
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 in Via Christi’s acute-care hospitals.
Seventy-eight percent of the position reductions are being made in Wichita, 16 percent in Pittsburg and 6 percent in Manhattan.
Via Christi began notifying affected staff members last Friday and expects to finish these conversations by Monday, June 10.
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.