21 March 2020 00:33
LEWISBURG – More than one-fifth of the 1,900 employees at Evangelical Community Hospital near Lewisburg have been temporarily furloughed due to the coronavirus situation. The decision to furlough non-essential workers was announced Thursday by Kendra Aucker, president and CEO, but she said she could not provide the number (approximately 400) until Friday. They are employees whose work does not impact clinical care patients or the operation of the hospital, she said. The number also represents certain clinicians who due to consolidation or temporary suspension of some services aren't needed at the moment, she said. "As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the workforce will be evaluated and further decisions could be made regarding rolling out additional furloughs or hours of service adjustments for essential employees, based on patient need," Aucker said.
She had explained Thursday during a conference call as services become more limited, the staffing needed to address those services also becomes limited. Elective surgeries and procedures have been halted and activity in some outpatient clinics, services has slowed, Aucker said. The hospital serves the central Susquehanna Valley with its primary area being Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties and part of Lycoming. Text PennLive to 717-745-7532 to sign up to have breaking news and essential updates about the coronavirus delivered right to your mobile device. Data and messaging rates may apply. Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.