Texas Health Resources, Arlington, laid off 49 employees earlier this month because of lower-than-expected patient volumes, according to a spokesman for the system. Employees primarily in management, administrative and support positions from Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital in Stephenville; Arlington (Texas) Memorial Hospital; Harris Methodist Southwest in Fort Worth; Presbyterian Hospital of Plano; Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas; and system services, the corporate office of the 13-hospital Texas Health Resources system, learned about the layoffs either through personal meetings with their supervisors, in team meetings, or in a letter sent via e-mail from the respective hospitals president, said Wendell Watson, the systems director of public relations.
Because of several factors, primarily the economy, growth in patient volumes across the country is less than expected, Watson said. We know that anecdotally; we dont have hard numbers. Those 49 people represent less than three-tenths of 1% of our workforce, Watson said, adding that Texas Health Resources has a workforce of about 18,000.
Regarding the possibility of future layoffs, Watson said he did not have information at this time, but that the system assesses its hospitals' needs regularly and will make adjustments as necessary, up or down. The system is also actively looking for nurses and other critical-care positions, Watson said. -- by Jessica Zigmond