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Cape Fear Valley Health eliminating 200 jobs, citing economic conditions

42 employees lose jobs; most positions affected are not currently filled


(Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details.)

Cape Fear Valley Health is eliminating 200 jobs, 158 of which are open positions, according to a news release from the health care system Thursday.

The remaining 42 jobs are “non-direct patient care positions” across the health system, the news release said. They include 27 full-time and 15 part-time positions.

Employees affected by the layoffs were notified Thursday, the release said.

The 42 positions include executive or senior management, middle management, senior experienced staff and entry-level jobs, according to Chaka Jordan, vice president of marketing and communications for Cape Fear Valley Health.

Though the layoffs include jobs across the region, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was hit hardest with 35 layoffs, Jordan said.

She said severance pay was offered to those eligible.

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The health care system cited several factors that led to the layoffs.

“Health systems across the country, including Cape Fear Valley Health, are experiencing unprecedented expenses and revenue challenges due to labor shortages, high costs of temporary staffing wages, and inflation,” said Michael Nagowski, chief executive officer. “Eliminating these positions was a difficult decision as we realize these are challenging times across our country.

“This decision will allow us to increase efficiencies to help offset the unprecedented financial challenges that we are seeing with historic increases in premium labor expenses and supply costs due to inflation, decreased inpatient volume, reductions in reimbursements — particularly with managed Medicaid,” Nagowski added in the news release. “While we deeply regret the loss of these 42 employees, patient care and patient safety will not be impacted by these changes.”

Employees whose jobs were eliminated are being encouraged to apply for other positions in the health system and in outplacement services, the release said.

On Oct. 13, Harnett Health — which recently joined Cape Fear Valley Health system —announced the elimination of 26 full-time and 30 part-time jobs in the Harnett County-focused health system. 

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