St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro has begun furloughing employees as a cost-saving measure.
CEO Chris Barber told KAIT 8 news station that the health system will be using “as many expense-reduction measures as possible” in response to the decreased numbers of patients and loss of revenue from elective procedures. These measures include furloughs, pay reductions, and hours reductions.
According to an Arkansas Business report, approximately 50 employees have been furloughed.
In addition, St. Bernards has closed multiple facilities, including its health and wellness facility and two urgent care clinics. However, it has added drive-up testing and clinics for individuals infected with COVID-19. The health system has also set up a telehealth video conferencing program.