JRMC acknowledges jobs cuts after $4 million operating loss

Jefferson Regional Medical Center acknowledged Friday through a spokesperson that job cuts have occurred in recent weeks but declined to provide specific numbers, citing the fluid nature of staffing adjustments that have been initiated in response to a declining balance sheet.

JRMC Marketing & Communications Director Rebecca Pittillo said the hospital reported an operational loss of approximately $4 million in fiscal year 2013, which prompted it to implement an operational improvement plan that maximizes efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

“The improvement plan is necessary to prepare the hospital to serve future generations in Southeast Arkansas,” JRMC President and CEO Walter Johnson said in a press release. “While it’s important for the public to understand the changes affecting the hospital and the actions we’re taking, it’s even more important for us to reassure the public. We have safeguards in place to ensure that we continue to focus on quality patient outcomes and safety.”

Johnson said the leadership of the hospital will do what is necessary to protect and secure the future of JRMC.

“We want to be completely transparent about the challenges ahead,” Johnson said. “We are the primary community healthcare provider in our service area covering 11 counties. We must do everything in our power to protect this facility, secure its future, and keep it secure for generations to come. We are confident that when the operational improvement plan is fully implemented, the stage will be set for JRMC to continue to provide comprehensive healthcare services for decades to come.”