Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance says it will lay off more than 80 employees at Franciscan Health Hammond Hospital. In a notice to the state, the health system says the layoffs will begin in late August, though some employees may be moved into new positions.
Franciscan says it “will be closing certain departments and making other reductions in staff.” Last month, the health system announced plans for a $45 million plan to convert the 100-year-old hospital into an eight-bed acute care hospital emergency department and primary care location. The project would include the demolition of some of the oldest parts of the campus.
“The conversion of our Franciscan Health Hammond facility to an eight-bed acute care hospital and ER will affect some current staff positions,” Franciscan spokesperson Robert Blaszkiewicz said in a statement to Inside INdiana Business. “Since informing our employees last month about the changes, we have focused on moving as many team members as possible into other positions within Franciscan Health and the Franciscan Physician Network. Our human resources team is assisting current employees in continuing a path toward their career and personal goals with Franciscan or elsewhere.”
The layoffs are slated to begin August 21 and are expected to be permanent.