Jobs to disappear as part of hospital restructuring plan


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson
Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

PADUCAH, Ky. - Some workers at a local hospital will soon be out of a job.

Lourdes Hospital in Paducah is getting rid of 20-nursing home beds, as part of a restructuring plan.

According to the hospital, this plan will affect about 2-percent of its workforce.

Those nursing home beds are primarily used for extended stays.

They say all current patients will complete their treatment plan.

Below is the full statement from Lourdes Director of Marketing and Communications David Simmons regarding the layoffs:

"The future of healthcare calls us to transform the way we practice medicine and become a leader in value-based health delivery.  We must continue to provide excellence in clinical outcomes and maintain the highest commitment to patient safety while also meeting the national expectation to reduce healthcare costs. 

As we take steps to redesign our structure, we have made the difficult decision to close 20 licensed nursing home beds and consolidate management and non-clinical positions affecting 1.9% of our workforce.

Our nursing home beds are primarily used for extended stays.  All of our current patients will complete their treatment plan before going home.  We are confident that our partnerships with reputable nursing homes in our region will provide future patients with excellent outcomes that maximize their independence.  

We recognize how valuable our associates are to our healing ministry and we deeply appreciate their dedication to service and care.  Lourdes currently has over 40 vacant positions posted and all affected associates are encouraged to apply."