CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – More job cuts will be made in the St. Louis health care industry, this time it’s Mercy. Hospitals across St. Louis and nationwide have been cutting staff. Health care is undergoing huge changes that will affect all of us.
Mercy announced Wednesday 200 to 300 people would be losing their jobs. Those cuts are not just at the hospital in Creve Coeur but system wide where there are a total of 40 thousand employees.
Mercy officials said direct patient care staff people are not affected. They said the jobs to be eliminated are support workers such as those in finance, marketing and human resources.
In a statement Mercy blamed a drop in reimbursements from the government and commercial payers, a decline in patients filling beds plus the lack of Medicaid expansion in most of the states they serve. Dr. Jill Sackman is a senior consultant at Numerof and Associates in Creve Coeur. Her firm works with health care businesses that are transitioning. She said patients, hospitals and medical staff should expect monumental changes in health care in the future. Dr. Sackman added, “The old way is you see your doctor when you’re sick and they put you in the hospital and they do a lot of lab tests the new way is keep you out of the hospital keep you well and manage your health care either at home or in an ambulatory setting.”
She said there will have to be fundamental changes in health care industry because Americans aren’t getting the bang for their health care dollar like people do in other countries.