On Friday, December 8, White-Wilson Medical Center notified employees of a company downsizing. As part of the reduction, 36 employees were impacted.
- Eliminated positions were in areas of business operations such as coding, insurance and call center or remote positions, according to WWMC.
- No clinical positions or positions directly tied to patient care were impacted.
In White-Wilson Medical Center’s 77-year history, this is the second reduction in workforce, according to the Center. The first of which took place in April 2020, during the height of the pandemic, with the majority of positions being furloughed in light of declines in demand.
WWMC says the recent reduction was made in an effort to reduce costs.
“Negatively impacting an employee is never an easy choice, but in this case, we found that we had to restructure certain business functions to protect our ability to provide care to our patients and our community,” said White-Wilson Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kenneth Persaud. “We’re committed to helping our impacted employees navigate this time and have a process in place to offer them resources and support.”
While the layoffs impacted approximately 8 percent of the company’s workforce, Persaud assures that plans are in place to continue investing in bringing health care services to the area.
- “The economics of health care are really challenging right now, but the demand for care is great,” he said. “I am confident that by reevaluating how we do things we will be able to emerge from our economic challenges better positioned to invest in increasing access to care for our community.”
White-Wilson Medical Center is home to more than 80 health care providers, and according to the One Okaloosa Economic Development Council, one of the 10th largest employers in Okaloosa County.