Vidant Health cuts 191 jobs; one at OBX Hospital

By on March 9, 2020

(Vidant Health)

Describing a “budget shortfall during the first quarter of FY20 due to decreasing reimbursements and increasing costs,” Vidant Health announced on March 9 a workforce reduction of 191 “team members.”

A breakdown of where these cuts will come shows that the Outer Banks Hospital will lose1 position. The other losses come from: Vidant Health Corporate (82); Vidant Medical Center (75); Vidant Medical Group (11); Vidant Beaufort (7); Vidant Edgecombe (4); Vidant Roanoke-Chowan (4); Vidant North (3); Vidant Chowan (2); and Vidant Duplin (2).

With more than 14,000 employees, Vidant is the largest employer in eastern North Carolina, serving more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties with 9 hospitals and more than 100 practices

A release from the organization noted that like other health systems “Vidant is faced with a traditionally underserved population with a high burden of disease, a growing number of patients relying on Medicaid and a lack of focus on rural health policy.”

Aside from the workforce reduction, Vidant says it has made other adjustments to respond to its economic situation, including reducing costs, implementing operational efficiencies and discontinuing recruitment and hiring for certain non-patient care positions.

“Making decisions that impact even one team member’s life is very difficult. We deeply value the contributions made by every team member. We are ensuring those impacted are supported by providing severance and comprehensive career counselling services,” said Michael Waldrum, MD, CEO of Vidant Health, in the release. “This is not something we take lightly, and we will treat all impacted team members with respect.”

“These are difficult decisions, but necessary to ensure eastern North Carolina continues to have a health care system capable of supporting rural communities throughout the region,” he continued. “The well-being of the region depends on a healthy population. Our commitment to our mission is at the forefront of all that we do.”

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  • Lee Roach

    Vidant is one of the worse healthcare corporation in the US. Their employees are rude, no customer service, whatsoever! No quick calls back to patients! Totally unprofessional.
    There would be no way that they could ever become a Magnet hospital! They are so far off of quality care!

    Monday, Mar 9 @ 6:31 pm
  • sandflea

    I’m guessing the CEO’s salary and bonus isn’t big enough; has to come from somewhere.

    Tuesday, Mar 10 @ 8:13 am
  • Seal

    All of this……while the CEO’s make million dollar salaries……..!!!!!

    Tuesday, Mar 10 @ 8:35 am
  • Travis

    Imagine you are Michael Waldrum, the CEO of Vidant. You are in the middle of one of the largest public health scares in the last few years. Do you:

    a) Assure patients Vidant will be in the vanguard of prevention and treatment.
    b) Assure stockholders by cutting staff to demonstrate your dedication to the bottom line.


    Tuesday, Mar 10 @ 10:17 am
  • sandflea

    Lee Roach: You’re being too kind, but you are hitting the nail pretty much on the head.
    Travis: I’m going with “b”.
    Unfortunately its not health”care”, is all about the bottom line.

    Tuesday, Mar 10 @ 11:16 am
  • Czarina

    Let’s see …. Vidant came to OBX (and probably other places) — took over everything — built several new buildings (keep in mind, just not in the OBX) — and NOW they say they are losing money? And they want to blame it on insurance companies??? The first people let go should be their planners and administration — not the poor working people who took jobs expecting they were offered the jobs in good faith!

    Tuesday, Mar 10 @ 12:29 pm
  • sandflea

    I think this is the most profitable hospital in the Vidant system; and thats whats important in healthcare.

    Wednesday, Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm
  • Lee Roach

    Maybe Sentara needs to take over and get us better quality healthcare for OBX.

    Thursday, Mar 12 @ 8:06 am
  • sandflea

    Lee Roach: Sentara is much better healthcare overall. Great time to cut staff with an onslaught of potential Corona virus patients coming.

    Thursday, Mar 12 @ 11:14 am