UnityPoint Health announces temporary staffing changes in response to COVID-19

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Health system to implement reduced hours for certain staff, limited furloughs and executive pay cuts beginning April 26

Des Moines, IA – April 21, 2020 – Today, UnityPoint Health announced a temporary reduction in hours for certain team members, limited furloughs and salary reductions for executives.

Like health systems across the nation, UnityPoint Health hospitals and clinics are facing unprecedented challenges and volume declines as a result of the global pandemic. As a health system, we have already taken necessary steps to ensure we emerge from the current situation in a strong position. This includes pausing elective services, deferring or delaying all capital projects, reducing unnecessary spending and now, implementing additional workforce changes.

“The COVID-19 crisis has challenged UnityPoint Health as a care provider and as an employer,” said UnityPoint Health President and CEO Kevin Vermeer. “While we remain focused on providing the best care possible for our patients, it’s critical we conserve our resources wherever possible. These changes in our workforce are needed to ensure we can continue meeting the healthcare needs of our communities into the future.” 

UnityPoint Health determined additional measures were needed to focus resources and optimize the response to COVID-19. Effective April 26, 2020, the organization is implementing the following changes:

  • Short-term, limited reduction in hours for administrative, support, ancillary and clinical team members and leaders;
  • Reduction in hours available to work or furloughs for those areas that are not operating at capacity or experiencing closures; and
  • 15% average reduction in executive pay.

UnityPoint Health is providing resources to affected team members including continuation of benefits and financial assistance resources where applicable. 

“Our people have been and will continue to be our focus,” said Vermeer. “We recognize the impact this has on them and their families and will do all we can to support them through this and come out stronger as a team and a healthcare provider.”

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About UnityPoint Health 

UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America, providing care to both metropolitan and rural communities across Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Through relationships with more than 315 physician clinics21 regional and 19 community network hospitals and home care services throughout its 9 regions, UnityPoint Health is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 30,000 employees who are dedicated to making it easier for people to live well. More at unitypoint.org.

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