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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport announces mass layoffs

Mass layoffs have hit the tech industry, Disney and now the largest hospital in Harrison County.

Memorial Hospital Gulfport began telling staff members of the layoffs Tuesday as they arrived to work.

A statement to the Sun Herald said fewer than 90 people were part of the layoff, or less than 2% of Memorial’s workforce.

“Most of the affected positions are non-clinical or management roles and do not involve direct patient care,” the statement said, and no additional layoffs are expected.

In addition to the realignment of staff, the hospital said improvements will be made to purchasing, supply chain, benefits, workforce management and other areas.

“These difficult steps will help ensure the long-term sustainability of our health system so we can continue to offer the same services to our community,” said Kent Nicaud, CEO of Memorial Health System.

Employees who were laid off Tuesday told the Sun Herald they will remain on the job for two weeks and were invited to apply for another job with Memorial.

Dozens of open positions are posted on the Memorial Hospital website, many for registered nurses and other highly skilled positions.

The employees can work with Memorial’s Human Resources to apply for existing positions, the hospital said, and Memorial will offer them career placement services.

This layoff comes a year after Memorial Hospital eliminated its chief medical officer position, chief financial officer and vice president of systems development. Two chief administrative officers were demoted to vice presidents in April 2022, and three senior directors were demoted to directors.

Memorial Hospital is a public, not-for-profit medical center in Gulfport and is jointly owned by the city of Gulfport and Harrison County.

It also operates three nursing centers, four outpatient surgery centers and more than 100 physician clinics across the Coast.

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