Centerpoint Health permanently cuts 15 jobs; Franklin clinic still open

Organization: Right-sizing needed to provide services, sustainable future

A local healthcare organization has permanently reduced its workforce by 15 positions as of Jan. 20, according to a WARN notice sent to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Centerpoint Health advised Ohio JFS that “These reductions are expected to be permanent.”

The workforce reductions have reportedly been completed. Catherine Engle, CEO of Centerpoint Health, said Wednesday in a news release that they occurred “after a thorough organization-wide analysis which resulted in a restructuring and right-sizing initiative to ensure the continued provision of services to the community and a sustainable future for the health center.”

Centerpoint Health said it has faced unprecedented financial challenges in recent months, including the expiration of pandemic-related emergency funds, as well as external factors such as shifts in reimbursement and increased vendor prices.

“These decisions were made with careful consideration of essential business functions and operational needs, with the aim of preserving the organization’s ability to provide vital care to the communities it serves,” Engle said. “While these decisions are difficult, they were necessary to ensure the long-term success of our organization.”

Before the employee reductions, Centerpoint Health had 74 employees. In addition to workforce adjustments, the senior leadership team accepted salary reductions, according to the company.

Locally, the organization operates medical clinics at 231 N. Breiel Blvd. in Middletown, and at 333 Conover Drive in Franklin. Centerpoint Health also has a location in the Cincinnati suburb of Norwood. The administrative offices are located at 3420 Atrium Blvd., in Middletown.

According to their website, Centerpoint Health, which was also known as Talbert House Health Center, officially opened its doors on Feb. 24, 2014.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the organization aims to provide affordable, high-quality primary care, dental care, OB/GYN, and integrated behavioral health services to the Franklin, Middletown, and Norwood communities, according to their website. This includes offering services at a discount for those who are uninsured and underserved so they are able to access care.

When the Franklin clinic opened in 2014, Talbert House officials said it would employ 14 full-time health care workers and serve about 3,200 people below 200 percent of the poverty level per year. Primary care services were to be provided on a sliding-scale fee structure or by billing insurance if the patient has it.

For certain mass layoffs, employers are required to comply with The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. This act protects workers, their families, and surrounding areas by making sure business owners give written notice at least 60 days before plant closings or mass layoffs. The notice is submitted to the federal and state governments.

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