Conway Medical Center (CMC) announced last week that it is furloughing approximately 100 of its 1,500 employees who are not hospital based frontline care providers.
“The governor’s request for all South Carolina hospitals to halt elective surgeries and procedures has led to a substantial loss of patient visits and revenue,” CMC said in a press release.
CMC said some staff working in the impacted areas could be redeployed depending on training, skills and qualifications to “assist in the treatment and care of our current and incoming patients, including those in isolation for COVID-19.
CMC also announced that it is taking other steps to help reduce expenses. The release stated that its executive team has agreed to reduce their compensation by 10 percent until all furloughed employees return to work.
“We recognize and understand this is a very difficult time for many people, particularly our staff,” CMC CFO Brian Argo said. “These decisions are not easy to make. Our number one priority is always for the safety and care of our patients. We want to assure these valued employees that furloughs are temporary and are necessary for CMC to continue to provide the care our community needs and expects from us during this time.”
CNC said that the employees who have been furloughed are not exited or fired. They will not be at work but will remain in active employment status with the organization. They will keep all their benefits, including health insurance and can file for unemployment benefits during the time of the furlough.
“Our Human Resources team will be assisting and supporting our colleagues impacted by this change,” CMC said in the release.
CMC said they encourage everyone to “join us in the fight against this virus by washing your hands and practicing social distancing to help bring this pandemic to an end.”