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Mercy Iowa City announces more layoffs due to pandemic struggles

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Mercy Iowa City from Market Street on Friday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Mercy Iowa City is cutting staff across the hospital, temporarily furloughing other employees and instituting pay cuts for leadership positions due to financial struggles.

Spokesperson Aaron Scheinblum says this is due to the pandemic; specifically increasing costs while seeing a decrease in elective surgeries.

"To support the future of Mercy Iowa City and support our Mission to continue providing high-quality care for our community, we made the difficult decision to transition colleagues as part of our recovery efforts from these financial challenges," Scheinblum said.

Scheinblum would not confirm how many positions are affected by these staffing changes but said the number is "minimal and does not qualify as a mass layoff."

Mercy Iowa City cut 29 positions in the fall of 2020, which was called a mass layoff by Iowa Workforce Development. These layoffs were also related to pandemic struggles.

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Travis Breese

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