55 local jobs among 500 PeaceHealth plans to cut

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - PeaceHealth plans to cut 500 jobs across its operations, including 55 from operations in the southern Willamette Valley.

The health care provider announced plans Tuesday to not fill open positions and, if necessary, lay off staff. Not filling open positions will take care of about a third of the staff reductions.

The majority of the job cuts - 340 - will come from the Catholic health care company's Columbia Network in Southwest Washington, according to the announcement.

An estimated 55 jobs will be eliminated from PeaceHealth operations in Eugene, Springfield, Florence or Cottage Grove, a spokesperson said.

Alan Yordy, President and Chief Mission Officer, told PeaceHealth staff in a letter Tuesday that other cost-cutting measures have already been implemented, including some staff-suggested efficiencies.

"We already have slowed the hiring for all but the most critical positions. We’ve combined some positions to be more efficient. We have deferred compensation increases for the PeaceHealth Executive Team. We have reduced overtime, premium time and contract labor," Yordy wrote.

The information went out to staff Tuesday morning. PeaceHealth alerted the media around 11 a.m., asking that the information not be reported until noon to give them a chance to talk to employees affected by the job cuts.