Astria Health has laid off employees as it consolidates operations, the organization confirmed in an email Tuesday.
The Yakima Valley-based nonprofit health care organization, which is in bankruptcy protection, is in the process of moving to a “systemwide leadership and shared support services model” that would allow the hospital consolidate resources while expanding employee resources bedside, said Dawn O’Polka, chief marketing and communication executive in an email to the Yakima Herald-Republic.
The company didn’t say how many employees were laid off or whether they received severance or other benefits.
Astria Health operates Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima, Astria Toppenish Hospital and Astria Sunnyside Hospital. Several leadership positions will oversee employees from all three hospitals under the model, O’Polka wrote in her email.
“As is being experienced throughout the country, declining reimbursement and shifting patient needs (have) resulted in a need to reallocate resources,” O’Polka wrote.
Astria Health filed for bankruptcy protection in May. The hospital said a vendor was unable to collect patient revenue, leading to cash flow issues. The hospital has since switched vendors and aims to emerge out of bankruptcy by year’s end.
As part of the bankruptcy process, the court appointed Arizona attorney Susan N. Goodman as patient care ombudsman to monitor patient care.
In an Oct. 9 report on Yakima’s Astria Regional Medical Center, the largest of Astria Health’s three hospitals, Goodman noted “ongoing strain associated with staffing.”