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Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off more than 1,200 employees

Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas, was created through the 2013 merger of Baylor Health Care Systems and Scott & White Healthcare. (Baylor Scott & White Health photo/file)
Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas, was created through the 2013 merger of Baylor Health Care Systems and Scott & White Healthcare. (Baylor Scott & White Health photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 2:04 PM CDT
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Baylor Scott & White Health will lay off about 3% of its more than 49,000 employees, and flex or furlough others; unfilled positions will be eliminated; senior executives will take temporary pay cuts and physician compensation models will be modified as the hospital deals with a 50 to 90 percent drop in patient volumes as a result of the suspension of nonessential services because of the COVID-19 outbreak, CEO Jim Hinton told employees in a video message.

“Early on, we made the decision to protect the pay of all employees through the end of May, and we recently extended that through June 7,” Hinton said.

“We worked to reassure and safeguard our people through the uncertainty as we prepared for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients, yet experienced a drastic drop in visits, largely due to the suspension of non-urgent surgeries and procedures,” he said.

“While designed to better match our resources with evolving community needs, any decisions to part with our people are always very difficult. We are committed to supporting these team members’ transitions in every way possible,” Hinton said.

Employees will be notified of layoffs this week, he said.

Beginning June 8 some employees will be flexed and some will be furloughed, he said.

Hinton said he and system President Pete McCanna will take 25% pay cuts and the system’s other 300 senior managers will take cuts of 10% to 20%.

The system's physicians will take temporary 10% pay cuts.

Information about the local impact of the cuts wasn’t immediately available.

Hinton said the moves are part of an effort to reshape the organization for the future, growing digital capabilities and shifting resources to direct patient care.

Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas, was created through the 2013 merger of Baylor Health Care Systems and Scott & White Healthcare.

The system includes 50 hospitals, more than 800 patient care sites and 7,500 physicians.

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