May 2, 2012
Q&A: Area Hospital Workforce Reductions
Swedish American Hospital in Rockford recently announced a reduction in workforce. They eliminated some positions and made the decision not to fill others. Salary increases were postponed.
Why would this happen? Could this happen at KSB?
Let me start with some topics on which we can all agree:
- Reimbursement for the work we do is decreasing. Government payors (Medicare and Medicaid) are paying us less and taking more time to pay. With the budget pressures facing the state and federal government, that’s not going to change anytime soon. Commercial insurance is placing tremendous pressure on hospitals to do more with less and accept smaller payments.
- KSB succeeds by following our vision statement: KSB will be the community’s first choice for health services. If people choose to go elsewhere for services we could have provided, our current way of doing things won’t be sustainable.
- We need to get more efficient at the work we do. Work smarter… not harder. Linda Clemen and Dr. Appenheimer are leading our quality initiatives that show us ways to operate “lean” and still provide the type of world-class care our patients deserve.
Why would this happen?
I think we can. Our first three months of 2012 met our expectations financially. We’re right where we need to be. It will take effort from all of us to stay there. It will take sacrifice and hard work, and we know how to do that at KSB.
We’re in this together, and there’s no place I’d rather be. I like our chances. I welcome your comments.