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Hospital to cut about 30 workers

Staff report

About 30 employees will lose their positions at Baptist Health Paducah under systemwide job cuts, a spokeswoman for the hospital said Wednesday.

Most of the affected employees at Baptist Health Paducah work at the hospital's Transitional Care Unit, where services will be temporarily suspended due to low census, Catherine Sivills, Baptist Health's regional marketing and PR manager, said in an email.

The Baptist Health System, headquartered in Louisville, sent a release Wednesday announcing that a total of 288 employees will be affected by staff reductions across the hospital system. The number amounts to about 1 percent of Baptist Health System's employees and includes 149 mostly administrative employees at corporate headquarters, Public Relations Manager Kit Fullenlove said in an emailed statement.

"This continues to be a time of both transformation and great uncertainty in the health care industry. Baptist Health is realigning its structure to best meet the needs of our patients and communities within a challenging financial environment," Fullenlove said.

Locally, patients who were receiving care at the Transitional Care Unit can seek services at nursing homes, Sivills added. Transitional care units are skilled nursing facilities that assist patients as they move out of hospital stays and toward home or another level of care.

Sivills said the hospital's job openings may include staffing in a new observation unit for patients who need to be monitored for a day or two without being admitted.

Fullenlove said the Louisville employees will be offered severance and outplacement job assistance if they are unable to fill other positions within the system.

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