Asante Health System has concluded a 3% workforce reduction

Citing unsustainable financial losses over the past two fiscal years, Asante Health System has concluded a 3% workforce reduction across its regional hospitals and clinics as of Friday. This decision impacts more than 6,000 employees across MedfordGrants Pass, and Ashland. The memo to employees also mentions that other expense reductions have occurred without specifying details.

Asante provides medical care for approximately 600,000 people in the region, operating hospitals such as Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass, Ashland Community Hospital, and Asante Physician Partners clinics across Jackson and Josephine counties.

The health care provider has a total of 6,347 employees, including providers in Northern California.

The memo acknowledges the collective efforts, skills, and dedication of those leaving Asante and outlines severance pay, accrued time off, and continuing health care coverage for impacted employees.

It also promises employment resources such as resume workshops and job fairs.

The financial challenges faced by Asante mirror a recent report showing operating losses of $32,489,000 in the 2022-23 fiscal year and $61,193,000 the prior year. These losses are attributed to factors such as rising inflation, reduced reimbursement, and recruitment challenges nationwide.

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