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Layoffs announced for Good Shepherd Health Systems

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

More layoffs were announced today for an East Texas health system.

Good Shepherd health system announced that they will cut more than 20 positions from its payroll this week.

Losing money is the bottom line, even in health care.

"Throughout this week we have had a reduction in work force at Good Shepherd Health System, across our facilities, of 24 people," says Good Shepherd president and CEO Steve Altmiller.

Last week, Good Shepherd announced the closing of its Linden medical center and family health centers in Linden and Hughes Springs.

It's something that's happening to many of hospitals.

"Like many hospitals across America, we're having to respond to the changes in reimbursement, changes in costs," Altmiller says.

 With 3500 full-time employees in the system, Good Shepherd had operating losses in 2013 and expects losses in 2014.

The latest cuts are administrative and non-clinical positions.

The recent cuts represent less than one percent of total employees in the system, but was still a difficult decision.

"The decision is not a people decision, it's not a person decision, it's a role of function and need decision," he says.

They stress no changes have affected health care staff.    

"These changes did not affect access, did not affect care, did not affect bedside clinical staffing of patients. We felt we could continue to deliver safe effective care and we don't need these positions," says Altmiller.

But they say they are not compromising what they do.   

"We're in the business of taking care of people, and we can never forget that," he says.

Health system officials say they are working to help displaced employees find new jobs.

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