Updated: October 19, 2013 7:12PM
KOKOMO — Employees at another central Indiana hospital are facing job cuts as Community Howard Regional Health will reduce its current workforce by 50 positions over the next few weeks.
Officials of the Kokomo hospital said the job cuts are needed because of fewer patients being hospitalized, uncertainty with the federal health care overhaul and reductions in Medicare and private insurance reimbursement.
The job cuts represent about 4 percent of the some 1,300 employees at the hospital, the Kokomo Tribune reported.
Community Howard President Jim Alender said he believed the cuts wouldn’t affect the quality of patient care.
“This was an extremely difficult business decision but one that had to be made for the long-term future of health care in our community,” Alender said.
Indiana University Health, the state’s largest hospital system, announced last week it was cutting about 800 jobs this year at its Indianapolis-area hospitals and those in Muncie and Tipton. IU Health has some 24,000 full-time employees at its 19 hospitals around the state.
St. Vincent Health, an Indianapolis-based network of 22 Indiana hospitals, announced in June it was making similar cuts.