Health care providers across the nation have experienced declining volumes and loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Maury Regional Health (MRH) joined the ranks of hospitals forced to furlough employees, after experiencing a 35% decrease in revenue.
According to MRH CEO Alan Watson, the organization will temporarily furlough 340 employees beginning next week while remaining fully-staffed in the areas directly treating COVID-19 patients.
“We have an extraordinary team of professionals at Maury Regional Health and I am grateful for their dedication to our organization and our community. We are experiencing unprecedented events as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. After much deliberation, we were forced to make the difficult decision to furlough employees in the face of declining volumes and revenue. We plan to begin calling back employees as patient volumes normalize,” said Watson.
According to Watson, the decline in volumes can predominately be attributed to the mandated cancellation of non-emergent surgeries and waning outpatient visits resulting from self-isolation.
Furlough length will vary based on the area of service and the increase in patient volumes over time, specific to each service. Maury Regional Health employs more than 3,000 individuals with hospitals in Columbia, Lewisburg and Waynesboro as well as twenty Maury Regional Medical Group practices and numerous outpatient facilities.
For more information about the COVID-19 pandemic, visit COVID.MauryRegional.com.