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A Lewiston-based health care system is furloughing 5 percent of its workforce as its revenue falls amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Sun Journal reports that St. Mary’s Health System is furloughing 77 administrative, support and clinical staff.
That comes as the system, like others in Maine, has rescheduled elective procedures, surgeries and doctors visits.
As a result, Penobscot Community Health Care, which operates clinics across Penobscot, Waldo and Somerset counties, has furloughed at least 75 of its approximately 800 employees. Central Maine Healthcare, which runs hospitals in Lewiston, Rumford and Bridgton, furloughed about 330 of its approximately 3,200 workers and cut the pay of its top executives earlier this month. In Aroostook County, Houlton Regional Hospital and Cary Medical Center in Caribou have both cut employee pay. Brewer-based Northern Light Health has offered voluntary furloughs to workers at the hospitals in its system.
St. Mary’s President Steve Jorgensen said the system has received $14 million in federal aid but that’s not able to cover all its losses, according to the Sun Journal.
Jorgensen called the furloughs “temporary,” and added that the system “can’t wait to get these folks back,” the newspaper reports.
St. Mary’s is part of Massachusetts-based Covenant Health.