Habersham Co. - Habersham Medical Center (HMC) made an announcement today stating that effective Monday, April 6, “HMC leadership instituted a temporary furlough.”
According to the release, employees from support departments are the employees impacted by the decision. The direct number of those affected was not released.
“Although furloughed employees will cease or have reduced work temporarily, they will remain in active status with the expectation of returning,” the release reads.
The hospital is citing cuts in funds as the reason behind the decision.
“This is a difficult step taken to address a difficult moment,” says Lynn Boggs, HMC’s chief executive officer. “While making this decision was hard, it is necessary for HMC to, first and foremost, hold true to the mission and values of our hospital by minimizing our employees’ exposure to COVID-19. We must also be responsible stewards of the limited resources we have to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus outbreak.”
“Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, we do not know how long it will be in effect,” says Tyler Williams, HMC’s vice president, strategy and business development. “At any moment, our furloughed employees may be called back and reinstated to their roles in the hospital. HMC will continue to monitor the impact COVID-19 has on the healthcare system and will make changes when necessary to ensure our community has access to exceptional care and service for years to come.”