LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Catholic Health Initiatives is cutting 18 employees from CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial's workforce, according to a press release. As part of a company-wide effort to reduce expenses.
"As a result of lower than expected operating and financial performance in the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, Catholic Health Initiatives and its market organizations, including CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial have taken action to reduce expenses across the system," a press release stated. "The losses were due to a number of external and internal factors, including reduced utilization of services."
Company-wide, CHI plans to cut 1,500 people from its workforce, according to a press release. That number represents less than 2 percent of the organization's 90,500. The 18 employees being cut from CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial were mainly from administrative and support services, and they only represent about 1 percent of the hospital's workforce.
"These affected positions represent about one percent of CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial's workforce," the press release stated. "Affected employees have the opportunity to apply for other positions within the system."
According to the press release, people whose positions have been eliminated will receive severance packages, career guidance, and outplacement services to help in job searches.
"CHI and leaders of CHI St Luke's Health Memorial will work closely with affected employees to help them make the transition," the press release stated.