Via Christi Cutbacks Impacting Mercy

Mercy Regional

As KMAN news told you earlier Wednesday morning, Wichita-based Via Christi Health says tough finances are forcing it to eliminate 350 to 400 jobs at its facilities throughout Kansas.

The nonprofit health system announced the decision Tuesday, saying it will involve layoffs and the elimination of some vacant positions. The cuts amount to about 4 percent of Via Christi’s total employment.

Specifically in the Manhattan market with Mercy Regional Health Center, the current budget shortfall is $1.6 million.

John Broberg, Senior Administrator of Mercy Regional Health Center says they are currently working with their leadership team to develop a plan to address the shortfall by reducing $1.6 million in salary and benefit expenses to ensure success in the future.