An estimated 40 employees are being laid off at Saint Joseph and Saint Joseph East Hospitals in Lexington, according to a spokeswoman from KentuckyOne Health.
"Every health care organization today is being challenged to adapt to an ever-changing business environment," said Barbara Mackovic of KentuckyOne Health in a prepared statement sent to ABC 36 News.
"Health care systems must continually adjust their business models to ensure they continue to meet their missions. Like most other systems, KentuckyOne Health continually monitors our patient volumes and adjusts staffing to meet those needs. When we have growth in certain areas, we increase our staffing needs. Unfortunately, when we see a decrease in patient demand, we must also adjust our staff accordingly. This is a responsible business practice. Our primary focus is to ensure that we provide a safe, quality environment for our patients while being responsible stewards of our organization," Mackovic said.
It is unclear when the layoffs will begin.
Last November, Saint Joseph Hospitals laid off 36 employees in Lexington. Most of the affected workers were at Saint Joseph Hospital on South Broadway.