LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse has notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development of limited reductions in its workforce at its La Crosse location over the next few months.
According to a letter from the medical center to the state, the final number of employees currently affected has not been determined as the employees are seeking other opportunities within the organization per its policy.
The first round of reductions is expected to happen July 1.
The following units/positions are expected to be affected:
- Behavioral Health Residences- closing
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioners- positions eliminated
- Nursing Supervisors- positions eliminated
- Administrator of Operations- position eliminated
- Vice Chair of Administration- position eliminated
Mayo Clinic Health System released the following statement:
"For the past several months, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse has been working through an integration process to ensure we are aligned with our strengths, and maximizing our resources with a sharpened focus on providing expert hospital and clinical services.
Due to this restructuring, Mayo Clinic Health System was required to send a WARN notice to the Wisconsin Dislocated Worker Unit when a reduction in the workforce is pending. The limited number of employees affected have been notified and we have been working with them to find positions within Mayo Clinic Health System.
We can reassure our patients that Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide compassionate, high quality care to the communities that we serve."
Mayo issued more information regarding the WARN notice:
Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse is working through an evaluation process to ensure our services are aligned with our strengths, and we maximize our resources with a sharpened focus on providing expert care with exceptional service.
As with all Wisconsin businesses, Mayo Clinic Health System was required to send a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) notice to the Wisconsin Dislocated Worker Unit when a reduction in the workforce is pending. The notice was shared as a news release by the WDWU and not by Mayo Clinic Health System.
To clarify items related to the filing:
• Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide compassionate, high quality care to the communities that we serve.
• Mayo Clinic Health System is undergoing an extensive process to focus efforts on quality, safety, satisfaction and financial performance.
• Teams have been working on short-term, mid-term, and long-range measures to create an intentional, forwarding moving plan that allows us to continue to offer the highest-quality care at the best value.
• Making changes to staff in existing positions is always the last resort. We do not have final numbers for any position reductions at this time. We continue to work with affected employees to seek opportunities within the organization.
• Mayo Clinic Health System continues to hire staff and has successfully recruited key specialty providers across our surgical service lines. As of May 9, 2019 the Southwest Wisconsin region is actively recruiting for nearly 50 job openings.
Behavioral Health Services:
• Mayo Clinic Health System is not closing Behavioral Health services. Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide comprehensive outpatient mental health treatment for our patients and remain committed to meeting this urgent need.
• The decision to close the residential programs was due to challenges with the structures in use and does not affected treatment services (announced previously back in March, 2019).
• We are working with community groups to address this need as part of our commitment to the greater community. These groups have responded positively and there is a great deal of support for resolving this issue together.
Neonatal Intensive Care:
• Mayo Clinic Health System is not closing its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We will continue to care for high-risk newborns in La Crosse.
• Mayo Clinic Health System is moving to a new care model – patterning ourselves on a practice model that has been proven clinically effective and a patient satisfier at other Mayo Clinic Health System sites.
• The integrated Mayo Clinic enterprise offers world-class care through tele-neonatal medicine, air transport and level 4 NICU care if needed.
• Mayo Clinic Health System takes pride on offering excellent prenatal care including unique services such as the new OB Nest program.
• We remain committed to the communities and the people we serve. Health care has changed but our position in the community has not.
• The public continues to look to us as leaders and examples of healthy living, positive choices, an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and a source of clinical expertise.
The DWD will work with affected employees as they go through this transition.
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