Sacred Heart system restructuring, makes cuts

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 02:37 PM.

Burke said the impact at SHHEC was minimal with only four non-clinical positions being eliminated. The rest were in Pensacola or at the office-level.

He said the foundation has staff in Destin and Pensacola, and its work will continue.

Burke said the reduction was due to funding cuts from Medicare and Medicaid and changes in healthcare revenue. He said no other reduction is planned and the hospital will continue to hire for patient care positions.

In a prepared statement he issued later, Burke stated that Sacred Heart Health System, like health systems nationwide, have been affected by a series of changes that have caused a decline in payments and hospital volumes.

"We anticipate that many of these trends will continue," he said. "So to prepare for the future, we need to restructure our organization to better serve the changing needs of our community and preserve our mission."

“The leaders of Sacred Heart have a responsibility to carry on our mission not only for today but also for generations to come,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “To sustain our mission in the face of current trends, we must undertake a wide range of actions to reduce costs and restructure our system for the future. We are looking at all ways to reduce expenses and our plans include a reduction of supply costs and a reduction in the size of our workforce.”

Approximately 5,000 people work at Sacred Heart facilities, including its three hospitals in Pensacola, Miramar Beach and Port St. Joe, as well as its regional network of physicians, diagnostic centers and rehabilitation centers.

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