Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

September 13, 2013

Tipton hospital won't see job cuts

IU Health system could see 800 positions cut statewide.

IU Health system officials are planning hundreds of layoffs next month, but the job cuts aren’t expected to affect IU Health Tipton Hospital.

The Indianapolis-based hospital system announced Thursday it will lay off up to 800 employees as part of ongoing cost-cutting measures, in response to expected cuts in reimbursement.

IU Health CEO Dan Evans told employees in a letter, later posted by WRTV-TV, that precise numbers of layoffs won’t be known until next month, after some employees have been given a chance to decide on an early retirement package being offered.

The Tipton hospital, as part of IU Health’s north region, will be working within that group to find savings in “non-staff costs and process efficiencies,” according to IU Health director of marketing and public relations Ryan Moore.

“There will be no staffing impact at IU Health Tipton Hospital related to today’s announcement,” Moore said.

The other two hospitals in the north region, IU Health North and IU Health Saxony, will both be seeing staff reductions, Moore said.

The Tipton hospital employs about 300, and Moore said staffing has remained at that level since IU Health took over operations in late 2010.

The moves announced Thursday are the latest in a series of belt-tightening steps taken by hospitals across the state over the past few years, as health care providers have been under increasing pressure to lower the cost of health care.

In his letter, Evans didn’t specifically mention the Affordable Care Act, but said “we fully expect that the future reimbursement environment, from all payers, will look much like Medicare does today.”

Evans said hospitals will be increasingly tasked with helping keep Hoosiers healthy, rather than caring for them only when they are ill, a paradigm shift he called managing “population health.”

In May, the St. Vincent Health system announced it would layoff an unspecified number of employees across 22 facilities, and as far back as 2011, then-Howard Regional Hospital announced plans to trim $13 million in annual spending.

In January, Howard, which merged in 2012 with Indianapolis’ Community Hospital system, indicated there haven’t been any local layoffs since Community took over.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Judge: Indiana lacks valid reason for gay marriage ban

    A federal judge says attorneys defending Indiana's gay marriage ban haven't shown any good reason to not recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness.

    April 21, 2014

  • Shooting victim forgives assailant Misty Wallace was a high school senior with a full ride scholarship to play softball in college. Keith Blackburn was a high school dropout on drugs and in gangs, expecting to be either dead or in prison after taking on a life of crime. Their lives wi

    April 21, 2014

  • Take Back the Night and Angel Walk coming Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members will come together at Indiana University Kokomo next week to raise awareness of domestic violence through the annual Take Back the Night and Angel Walk. The rally begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

    April 21, 2014

  • tornadodamage34-20-04.jpg Kokomo Skating Arena: 10 years gone

    If you drive past the intersection of East Morgan and North Ohio streets these days you’ll see some trees, a parking lot and a Dollar General store. What you won’t see is the Kokomo Skating Arena, a landmark which stood on this corner for decades until a tornado caved the roof in April 20, 2004. Those who knew it well said they won’t soon forget it.

    April 20, 2014 6 Photos

  • Question Time: Name a baby (or babies) today

    “Imagine you’re having a baby (or babies) today. What would you name it (or them) and why? (You can give answers for a girl, a boy or both; and any combination for twins, triplets, etc.)”

    April 20, 2014

  • 400SUnion.jpg Counties move forward with flood mitigation one year later

    One by one, properties were bulldozed from the neighborhood between Carter and Murden streets in downtown Kokomo, physically erasing evidence of residential flooding in an area long prone to it.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 400SUnion Counties move forward with flood mitigation one year later One by one, properties were bulldozed from the neighborhood between Carter and Murden streets in downtown Kokomo, physically erasing evidence of residential flooding in an area long prone to it. Removing homes along Park Avenue, near Waterworks Park

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Flooded area - E Murden 01 Jaimz family seeks closure after losing everything Ashley Jaimz and her sister, Amanda Urbina, took a drive through the Cedar Crest neighborhood the other day to view how residents were faring in the wake of a Nov. 17 tornado. The drive was intended to provide some closure to Jaimz, who is still stru

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - FEMA 03 Kokomo resident whose basement collapsed during flood repairs own home

    Walter Raderstorf can still remember sitting in his living room inside his home on West Park Avenue, realizing he had escaped a brush with death. “I was in the basement carrying stuff up and I came in here and sat down,” he said. “It wasn’t 30 second

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Late Kokomo teacher dedicates estate to foundation Longtime Kokomo School Corp. teacher Holly Kirkpatrick will continue to have a positive impact on students thanks to a $38,000 donation from her estate to the Kokomo Public Schools Education Foundation. Kirkpatrick died in November 2012 after teachin

    April 20, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Raw: Fire Engulfs Tower Block in China Ocean Drones Making Waves in Research World Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Transcript Reveals Confusion in Ferry Evacuation Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries