Aberdeen Hospital Has Fewer Patients, Trims Staff
by Associated Press
September 17, 2013 6:13 AM
Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen has laid off a few employees and is offering early retirement to others in response to a drop in patient numbers.
The number of employees affected will be at the most a dozen. Avera employs about 1,350 workers in Aberdeen.
President and CEO Todd Forkel says the hospital strives to keep its staff at a level that matches patient volume. He says the hospital tries to make reductions through attrition and early retirements, and that layoffs are a last resort.
The hospital says workers who lost their jobs are in support areas and not directly involved in patient care.