MCH furloughs outpatient employees amid COVID-19 pandemic

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – People are continuing to feel the financial impact due to COVID-19 and hospitals are no exceptions.

Trevor Tankersley, the Public Information Officer for MCH,  said they did everything they could to work with schedules and redirect employees at MCH but unfortunately they did have to temporarily lay off about fifty-five workers.

Tankersley said, “It’s the financial situation most hospitals around the country are in right now with the Governors directive to basically shut down any elective surgeries that’s a big revenue stream for a lot of hospitals. We’ve had to make that tough decision to furlough non-patient facing employees.”

What counts as a non-patient facing employee? According to MCH, they are employees that are not directly dealing with patients and areas of the hospital where patient volume has dropped to zero.

“None of those people that are dealing directly with this pandemic are being affected by those furloughs,” said Tankersley. Adding that they were able to lessen the hours of some employees and re-direct others to other departments but those who were furloughed were offered benefits.

“Any employee who is being furloughed right now is being given direct information on how to go to apply for unemployment benefits now the ultimate decision on whether the they get unemployment benefits or how much they get is up the the Texas  Workforce Commission. At this time Medical Center Health System is still paying the employer portion of health, dental, and vision insurance during the furlough.”

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February 07 2021 05:32 pm