LITTLE ROCK — Baptist Health announced plans Tuesday to lay off 170 employees in Arkansas.
Baptist Health spokesman Mark Lowman said the "restructuring initiatives" would occur across the hospital’s health care network over the next several days and that layoffs would not affect the quality of patient care. He declined to say whether doctors or nurses are among those losing their jobs.
According hospital’s website, the Baptist Health system employs about 7,300 workers at 175 facilities in the state, including seven hospitals as well as rehabilitation facilities, family clinics, and therapy and wellness centers, with facilities in Arkadelphia, Heber Springs, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Stuttgart.
Lowman attributed the layoffs to rising costs, substantially less government reimbursement, burdensome regulations, increasing charity work and bad debt, and the need for technology and medical innovations.
"We believe these efforts will serve to make Baptist Health more effective," he said.