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Baton Rouge General to lay off 50-60 employees


In a statement released to Friday morning, Baton Rouge General officials have stated 50 to 60 administrative and support employees whose positions may be impacted in the next 30 to 90 days. Doctors and nurses will not be affected by the layoffs.

These layoffs come as the hospital adjusts to the closure of its Mid City Emergency Room.

Here is the full statement:

Baton Rouge General President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Slyter

For more than 100 years, the dedicated caregivers of General Health System have provided high quality, compassionate care to the people of Baton Rouge. Even as our state, our community and our organization have faced significant change in recent years, the Baton Rouge General Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses have continued to provide exceptional care, service and value for our patients and our community.

With the consolidation of Emergency Department services on our Bluebonnet campus earlier this year, we experienced shifts in patient volumes that changed our organizational needs. While many patient care areas continue to grow, our overall organization structure is in need of realignment. As a result, we are in the process of providing advance notice to 50-60 administrative and support employees whose positions may be impacted in the next 30-90 days. 

Though we are fully confident this is the right move for our organization, we deeply regret the personal impact of these changes and are committed to doing everything in our power to help employees transition smoothly. In addition to career and emotional support, we are providing affected employees with 60 to 90 days’ combined advance notice and severance pay. If an internal position cannot be found, we are also offering access to a variety of career counseling services, benefits assistance, social services, financial counseling, wellness services, spiritual and emotional support. It is our goal that no one affected miss a paycheck.

In positioning our health system for the next 100 years of caring for Baton Rouge, we must continue to make smart, strategic decisions that both respond to and anticipate changes in our operating environment.  In short, we must continue to shape our future.  

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