Valley Health announces layoffs as care costs increase

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Valley Health announces layoffs of 20 positions, as the healthcare organization faces increasing costs of care.

A total of 20 positions across West Virginia and Virginia will be cut, with the majority of positions being in Winchester, Va., where Valley Health is based. 

Valley Health’s CEO and President Mark Merrill says the cuts are spread out around the organization, so no one department will be impacted severely during the transition.

Merrill says he believes all of the employees being terminated will be able to find work in the healthcare fields and the non-profit is willing is supporting them as the leave their positions.

“The 20 individuals who are affected, we have provided 30 day notice and they have what we call a 60-day transition period, during which they can be looking for jobs elsewhere in the system and be paid,” said Merrill. “For those who do not find employment at the end, they’ll receive a severance package.”

Merrill cites several factors contributing to the layoffs, including rising labor and supply costs, as well as a delay in the Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which takes effect January 1, 2019. 

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