ENID — Integris Medical Network revealed Tuesday how the network’s cost-reduction measures will impact Enid.
Catherine Gann, director of foundation and business development for INTEGRIS, issued a press release Tuesday, outlining 33 position cuts in Enid.
A total of 102 INTEGRIS positions were eliminated statewide, Gann said.
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center will eliminate six staff positions, which currently are open and will not affect any employees. Other INTEGRIS entities in Enid also are effected.
The network announced it would close the Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program in Enid, which will affect nine resident physician positions.
Gann said the resident physicians are being placed in other accredited family medicine residency programs.
INTEGRIS Medical Group in Enid eliminated 18 positions, but 13 employees were offered different opportunities within the organization.
The network announced April 4 it would begin implementing network-wide cost reduction measures, including staff positions and benefit measures, due to a reduction in provider fees within the state Medicaid program, and challenges with the Affordable Care Act.
The circumstances are out of the network’s control, but require the network to take reasonable steps to ensure patients still receive quality care and services, Gann said. The network has tried to focus cost-reduction efforts on expenses, but this round of cuts will impact some employee benefits and some positions across all levels, she said.
Many of the positions will be eliminated through attrition as people leave or retire, but some positions will be eliminated as part of a reduction-in-force, which will be completed by June 30, Gann said.
“Decisions like this are never easy, especially when a number of patients INTEGRIS serves is higher than ever,” she said. “While any reductions-in-force will impact only a very few of our 9,800-person statewide workforce, the fact such decisions must be made at all is painful.”
INTEGRIS employs more than 900 people throughout Northwest Oklahoma, including at the INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, INTEGRIS Bass Pavilion and INTEGRIS Medical Group clinics, she said.
“Decisions regarding the reductions are still being made,” Gann said in an email. “More information may be released as it becomes available.”
The INTEGRIS network operates 16 hospitals with locations in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Enid, Grove, Miami, Spencer and Yukon, as well as family care and speciality clinics across the state.