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Metroplex Hospital trims 3 percent of its workforce

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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:24 pm, Sat Aug 3, 2013.

Metroplex Hospital terminated 37 positions this week, although some employees were redistributed and able to keep their jobs, a hospital official said Thursday.

“We had a reduction in workforce of about 3 percent,” said Pati Gonzalez-Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Killeen hospital.

The cuts came from a variety of departments, including four positions in the dining host program, which helped bring menus to patients, she said. “We found that that was something we didn’t really have to have.”

Other departments, such as radiology, were rearranged. No doctors or nurses were fired.

The layoffs are due to “cutbacks in health care,” including less funding coming in from Medicare, Gonzalez-Thomas said.

“It’s nationwide; it’s not just us,” she said.

Reduced patient volumes also played a factor in the cuts, the hospital said.

Metroplex employs nearly 1,100 people at its Killeen and Lampasas locations.

“We are faced with the fact that we must thoughtfully and promptly ‘right-size’ our organization,” Metroplex CEO Carlyle Walton said in a hospital-wide announcement. “Right-sizing is a combination of reducing expenses and growing services. The expense reduction plan included the elimination of positions that were not required for our current patient volumes.”

The reduction in force will not affect patient care, according to the hospital.

“We will always be committed to providing the very best care for our community.” Walton said.

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