Ingham Regional Medical Center announced Thursday that it will reduce it workforce by five to seven percent. That means the Lansing hospital will cut up to 150 positions.
Ingham says it will begin informing affected employees on Monday and the changes will be taking effect over the next few weeks.
Details of the reduction were in a written release issued Thursday morning. The reason for the cuts were explained this way:
"The economic downturn that has been prevalent in other industries has had a corresponding negative effect on the health care sector for the entire greater Lansing area. Hospital discharges in the tri-county area were down from the previous year, representing the first significant overall marketplace volume decline in recent years. Declining reimbursements and an increase in charity care have also added to the challenges in the market. "
The hospital says the cuts will be in administrative, managerial and clinical areas of the hospital, but "Nationally accepted clinical staffing ratios will be maintained to insure a high-level of patient care."