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LGMC announces layoffs; 70 employees could be affected

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Lafayette General has notified its employees that lay-offs and other cost-cutting measures are coming.

In a letter forwarded to all employees and the members of the board of directors, Lafayette General Health stated that the changes are necessary because of "reimbursement and local economic conditions."

In addition to the lay-off of approximately 70 employees, the changes will include a dramatic reduction in the use of contract nursing and transfers of clinical staff to different areas. The changes will happen in the next 30 days, the letter states. 

"Our goal is to protect clinical services with the most cost-effective direct patient care resources," 

The letter attributes the need for the changes to shifts in reimbursements the hospital receives, state and federal funding cuts and the local economic downturn. Larger patient co-pays and higher deductibles in insurance plans are leading to more bad debt, as well, the letter states.

"It has been a very difficult decision to reduce our workforce, but it is necessary to ensure the long-term success of Lafayette General Health," wrote David Callecod, president of LGH. "I task everyone to generate ongoing process improvement to create greater efficiencies." 

LGH is not alone in laying off employees in Acadiana. Within the past year, we've reported about thousands of employees laid off from oil industry companies, including Halliburton, Chevron and Frank's; service companies like Bell Helicopters, and even government agencies including the Evangeline and Iberia parish sheriff's offices. 

Lafayette General Health (LGH) is Acadiana’s largest non-profit, community-owned regional health system, according to its website. The system has more than 4,000 employees in facilities across Acadiana. LGH is a founding member of the Ochsner Health Network. 

With Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) as the flagship hospital, LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics (UHC), Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. LGH also has clinical affiliations with several other hospitals and professional medical centers across South Louisiana. LGMC and UHC, Acadiana's only two teaching hospitals, provide graduate medical education across many disciplines. LGH also owns LGMD Physician Group, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics, including Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as many specialists and surgeons. 

LGH also helps facilitate telemedicine services to schools, businesses and government offices to make health care more accessible for people while at school or at work.

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