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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two of Kentucky’s largest health care providers are temporarily furloughing employees as a result of the coronavirus.
UK Healthcare, which employs more than 10,, announced Wednesday a “redeployment plan” to “fight COVID-19 effectively and be prepared to take care of our patients and one another to the best of our ability,” spokesman Jay Blanton told The Courier Journal.
The work of many employees will not be affected as a result of the plan, and others will be redeployed “to meet the particular care needs” amid the pandemic. But “some employees may not be able to be re-deployed,” according to Blanton.
Those furloughed will be paid through April 25, meaning they will get paid on May 1, and they can use accrued vacation, holiday or bonus leave. After exhausting those, employees can transition to “administrative pay, no status” and be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.
Blanton said the system is still looking at how many employees can and cannot be redeployed, and that there is no set timetable for bringing back workers.
Meanwhile, Baptist Health, which operates hospitals across Kentucky and southern Indiana, including in Louisville and New Albany, announced Thursday that it is “temporarily reassigning some staff, furloughing others and reducing pay for leaders.”
“Like other hospitals across the country, Baptist Health is striking a delicate balance between maintaining a strong front line of skilled caregivers to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, while grappling with the resulting drain on resources,” Baptist Health CEO Gerard Colman said in a statement.
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“After much thoughtful deliberation, we are re-prioritizing and reassigning some staff to serve where needed most, which is at the bedside providing patient care, and in our communities identifying those at risk for COVID-19,” he continued.
Government orders to suspend elective surgeries and diagnostic tests, which are part of an effort to stem the spread the coronavirus, have “slowed, or put on hold, some standard business operations and reduced work volumes,” according to a news release.
Top leaders with Baptist Health and the Baptist Health Medical Group will take a 20% pay cut, and other vice presidents and executive leaders will take a 15% pay cut. The unpaid furloughs will take place across all hospitals, Baptist Health Medical Group and the System Services Center.
The temporary furloughs will apply to workers who are in jobs that “do not support caregivers or are not critical to clinical operations related to COVID-19,” the release said. The number of affected employees has not been finalized.
Furloughed workers will be eligible for unemployment compensation and remain eligible for their medical benefits. The health care system is hoping to ” return to normal operations as soon as possible,” Colman said.
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