BUFFALO, N.Y. — As it continues to identify ways to cut costs and overcome a deficit, Catholic Health is offering a buy-out option to nonclinical workers.

Though sources in the health care community say hundreds of employees received the offer, Catholic Health confirmed it sent letters about the voluntary separation program to a “small number” of its nonclinical workforce. Eligible workers who voluntarily apply and are accepted into the program, it said, will receive a series of monetary incentives for leaving their employment.

Nonclinical personnel does not include physicians or nurses.  You can read the full article on Buffalo Business First's website

Catholic Health issued this statement to WGRZ:

In the wake of reduced reimbursement and changing healthcare delivery models, which are negatively affecting providers within Western New York and across the county, Catholic Health     is taking responsible, proactive steps to continue delivering the highest quality care to patients throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region.

As part of a series of measures designed to right-size the organization and improve operational efficiencies without compromising patient care, Catholic Health has offered a Voluntary Separation Program to a small number of its non-clinical workforce. Eligible associates who voluntarily apply and are accepted into the program will receive a series of monetary incentives for leaving their employment. 

Catholic Health is confident these steps, along with a new strategic plan and the  investment it is making to bring the country’s most advanced medical record technology to Western New York in 2020, will enable the health system to emerge stronger and better positioned to continue leading the region in quality, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.  

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