Lafayette General Medical Center has announced layoffs.

The hospital system attributes the decision to reimbursement shifts, federal cuts, and the current economic situation.

In addition to the layoffs, addition cost-cutting measures will be implemented, all within the next 30 days. The hospital also has facilities in other cities in Acadiana, including Breaux Bridge, Kaplan and Crowley. All are expected to be affected.

Here is the official release from Lafayette General:

LAFAYETTE – Lafayette General Health announced on Friday a plan for organizational changes within the next 30 days.  In light of the new revenue reality faced in healthcare, the health system has been negatively affected by three main factors:
1.    Reimbursement changes across our system
a.    Larger patient co-pays and higher deductibles leading to more bad debt
2.    State & federal funding reductions
3.    Economic downturn locally
Patient care will not be interrupted during this process.  To prepare for the new value payment reality that healthcare faces, LGH is forced to right-size operations in the most efficient manner and make changes organization wide:
1.    Reduce Expenses (supply cost and service contracts)
2.    Reduce Workforce (staffing and contract labor)
3.    Implement new revenue opportunities (clinical documentation)
LGH will eliminate 1.6% of its employed workforce, or approximately 70 jobs.  No disruption to patient services will occur as a result of these changes.  More patient care will be added to the system’s main campus – Lafayette General Medical Center – as a way to further centralize care and staffing.
LGH remains Acadiana’s largest healthcare provider, and largest employer, operating seven hospitals, seven cancer centers, three urgent care centers and many physician practices throughout the region.