Report: Baylor Scott & White Health To Lay Off Around 1,200 Employees

NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
May 26, 2020 - 1:34 pm
Baylor Scott and White Hospital

Alan Scaia

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Baylor Scott & White Health says it plans to furlough some employees and says a reduction in force will affect around 1200 employees across the system because of the effects of COVID-19.

In a statement, Baylor Scott & White Health system says it's protecting the pay of all employees through June 7th, but a drastic drop in visits and the suspension of surgeries has taken its toll. 

The system says it's implementing temporary salary reductions of senior executives and a 3% reduction in its workforce.

Physicians will have to take a 10% salary cut, 260 leaders in the system will take salary reductions of between 10 and 20%.

Statement from BS&W:

Throughout the course of the pandemic, our focus has been on the safety and well-being of our patients and team members.  Early on, we made the decision to protect the pay of all employees through the end of May, and we recently extended that through June 7th.  We worked to reassure and safeguard our people through the uncertainty as we prepared for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients, yet experienced a drastic drop in visits, largely due to the suspension of non-urgent surgeries and procedures.

Now, as early data is revealing the significant economic implications of the pandemic on Texans and the operational and financial implications on our health system, we are implementing changes to remain prepared and able to adapt in continued unpredictability.

 These changes include temporary salary reductions of senior executives, modified physician compensation models, flexing and furloughing of employees to accommodate changing volumes and a reduction of our workforce of around 3%. While designed to better match our resources with evolving community needs, any decisions to part with our people are always very difficult. We are committed to supporting these team members’ transitions in every way possible. 

Other changes were announced to employees today as part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen our organization for the future, including growing digital offerings and further investing in team members on the frontlines.

As part of our comprehensive plan, we are flexing and furloughing staff to match patient volumes. We do not yet have a number to provide, as we are determining that number now. It is important to note that number will change as our patient volumes change. The reduction in force will affect around 1,200 team members across the entire Baylor Scott  & White Health system.  For physicians, the salary cut is 10% and is temporary. Our senior leadership team, roughly 260 leaders across the System, will be taking temporary salary reductions of between 10 and 20%.  Our system CEO and system president are taking a 25% reduction.