Proposed reduction plan released regarding Moss Regional layoffs - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Proposed reduction plan released regarding Moss Regional layoffs

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The effects of the $210 million cut to the LSU Hospital System are beginning to emerge. In a release sent to KPLC Thursday morning, 15 employees were named as ones to be laid off possibly as soon as October.

"It's a very minimal cut," said Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur. "We surely hate to see anyone lose a job or a position out there."

The documents also outlined 23 filled positions that are going to abolished. Those positions are mostly permanent and include the Radiology Department, the Intensive Care Unit and the EKG department.

"If it's one layoff, I'm disappointed," Johns said. "I surely hate to see any one person lose their job. Especially right off the back of the closing of the Phelps Correctional Center."

Seventeen other employees will be given the option to relocate, and some in jeopardy may choose to retire early.

"Some of those employees with have possibly some options such as retirement or whatever, but the bottom line is the LSU System is having to make some budget cuts," Johns said. "I do know that the state will do everything in its power to help these people to find jobs in other positions."

Interim hospital administrator Jimmy Pottorff said the plan released is just a proposed plan and none of the lay offs are official. He said the plan must still go through the state's civil service department before it can be put into action. 

Johns said the Southwest Louisiana delegates are doing what they can to ease the pain for employees and patients of Moss Regional.

"The entire local legislative delegation in southwest Louisiana is very in tuned to this," Johns said. "We are doing everything in our power to minimize the impact of Moss Regional. Moss Regional does an incredible job. We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that the patients, our constituents out there, are not going to go without health care. We're going to do everything in our power to see that their access to good, quality healthcare continues."

Click here to view documents KPLC received regarding the reduction plan. There are additional pages to the plan which include the names of employees that could potentially be laid off, but those are not included.

 

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