Baylor Scott & White to lay off about 3% of workforce and furlough others

Posted at 12:58 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 14:46:58-04

Baylor Scott & White Health will lay off about 3% of their workforce due to fallout from the coronavirus.

Baylor will also furlough a number of workers and temporarily cut salaries of senior executives.

"Throughout the course of the pandemic, our focus has been on the safety and well-being of our patients and team members," a spokesperson for Baylor Scott & White said.

They say early on, they made the decision to protect the pay of all employees through the end of May, and recently extended that through June 7th.

Baylor says they worked to reassure and safeguard people through the uncertainty as they prepared for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients, yet experienced a drastic drop in visits, largely due to the suspension of non-urgent surgeries and procedures.

Now, as early data is revealing the significant economic implications of the pandemic on Texans and the operational and financial implications on our health system, they are implementing changes to remain prepared and able to adapt in continued unpredictability.

These changes include temporary salary reductions of senior executives, modified physician compensation models, flexing and furloughing of employees to accommodate changing volumes, and a reduction of their workforce of around 3%.

"While designed to better match our resources with evolving community needs, any decisions to part with our people are always very difficult," the statement said. "We are committed to supporting these team members’ transitions in every way possible."

Other changes announced to employees today as part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen their organization for the future includes growing digital offerings and further investing in team members on the frontlines.