St. Mary’s Health System Charles lays off, cuts 2 senior positions amid financial, staffing and ‘maximum capacity’ challenges

Reactivates ‘incident command system’ but denies it is turning away patients or rationing care

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Three days after Joe Sluka resigned as president and CEO of St. John’s Health System. the ongoing financial, patient capacity and staffing impacts of COVID-19.

“As part of St. Charles Health System’s ongoing financial recovery work, two executive leadership positions have been eliminated,” Friday’s statement said.

“The positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer currently held by Dr. Charles’ Executive Care Team. Transition plans for their areas of responsibility are currently underway with the goal of making the reductions effective by August 1 .”

“I want to sincerely thank Jeff and Rod for their many contributions to St. Charles during their tenure,” said Dr. Steve Gordon, interim president and CEO of St. Charles. “They are talented leaders who have devoted years of their lives to improving the health system. They care deeply about our caregivers, patients and the communities we serve. They will be missed and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

In response to a question from NewsChannel 21, spokeswoman for St. Charles, Kayley Mendenhall confirmed that James Reedy, chief nursing officer at St. Charles Redmond, had “resigned his position having recently completed his doctorate in nursing to pursue other opportunities.”

“It wasn’t a layoff,” she added.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Goodman says the nonprofit health system has seen losses totaling more than $40 million so far this year, a factor in the layoffs in May of more than 100 nonmedical staff and the elimination of 76 vacant positions.

Goodman said the hospital is no longer planning layoffs across the board and is still trying to fill more than 400 staff openings.

Mendenhall also shared with NewsChannel 21 a clarifying statement that St. Charles gave the OPB after his story about the St. last subvariant:

“We’re not turning patients away or streamlining care. Depending on a patient’s health care needs, we’re boarding them in our Emergency Department until a bed becomes available or working with our community partners to place them in a suitable structure.

“Like other hospital systems across the state, we are at maximum capacity, even as we continue to struggle with clinical staff shortages. Earlier today, we activated our Hospital Incident Command System to manage our significant flow of patient and workforce challenges Our objectives are to stabilize staff, manage our hospital admissions and discharges and ensure patient and carer safety.

“The issues we’re facing are not unique to St. Charles. Every hospital in Oregon is experiencing patient flow challenges because they don’t have enough beds due to staff shortages, the continued increase in COVID-19 patients and other factors. others. This is not a local problem, but one that is widespread throughout the country and beyond,” the statement concludes.

Asked about the incident command system, Mendenhall explained, “We were in a Hospital Incident Command Structure (HICS) for two years to manage our response to COVID,” and it was deactivated on March 30 due to situation at that time improving.

“This essentially means that we are able to mobilize resources quickly to address difficult situations,” she said. “We reactivated our Hospital Incident Command System on Friday afternoon to manage the significant bed capacity and workforce shortages we are currently facing, like many health systems across the state.”

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