Womack Army Medical Center to cut civilian jobs

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

 The chief of staff of Womack Army Medical Center says the facility has been given orders to reduce its civilian workforce next year.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1dOZpdf ) Lt. Col. Charles Unruh said the center has been ordered by the Army and Northern Regional medical commands to reduce its nearly 2,900 civilian employees to 2,340.

Projections for fiscal 2015, which begins in October 2014, include a reduction to 179 medical support assistants from the current 330.

Unruh said the center's goal is to avoid involuntary cuts. The center will offer early retirement and voluntary separation incentives to employees and will cross-train staff members for available positions at the center.

Unruh said Womack's leadership understands the decisions not only affect the employees, but also their families.

"We will keep them informed throughout the process to ensure they have a clear understanding throughout," he said.

The staff reductions come as the center is working to "deliberately and slowly" increase its number of enrolled patients, Unruh said. "Realigning our staff will provide us more flexibility to meet our patient's needs," he said.

Unruh said the center will not allow any reductions to adversely impact patient care.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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