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OKLAHOMA CITY – Due to economic and environmental changes in health care, Mercy has implemented a workforce reduction across its seven-state region.

Throughout Mercy, a total of 220 positions have been eliminated, less than 1 percent of their workforce.

Mercy announced today a total of eight positions across Oklahoma have been eliminated as a result of the reduction.

According to Mercy, co-workers whose positions have been eliminated will receive outplacement services and a severance package, including compensation and benefits based on their position and length of service.

“I’m encouraging co-workers in those positions to explore other job openings at Mercy that match their qualifications,” said Becky Payton, regional vice president of human resources in Oklahoma. “Every day, our co-workers are committed to delivering quality care in all of Mercy’s communities.  That commitment remains strong.”

In a press release, Mercy stated that most co-workers whose positions have been eliminated will be given the opportunity to leave Mercy immediately so that they can begin to plan their transition.  However, in certain situations, co-workers may be asked to remain with them for a short period of time to complete or transition their current work to others.

“While not uncommon in today’s health care environment, these kinds of changes are nonetheless difficult,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “As we realign to operate more efficiently, growth and expansion will continue across Mercy as community needs warrant.”