Anderson-based AnMed Health cuts 159 positions

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Anderson-based AnMed Health has laid off 94 employees and eliminated 65 vacant positions.

The cuts include full-time and part-time positions, according to a press release from the health system. Employees affected by the layoffs include lab technicians, security personnel, and workers in radiology, among others. The health system cited various factors for the cuts.

“Several industry trends, including reimbursement declines, softer volumes, and the cost of necessary investments in technology, have resulted in a budgeted loss on operations this year, which is not sustainable,” the hospital said in a statement. “The organization has taken aggressive steps to respond while minimizing the impact on jobs and people.”

AnMed is the largest employer in Anderson County with around 400 physicians and about 4,000 employees. It has a medical center and a women’s and children’s hospital in Anderson and an urgent care facility in Clemson. The only area shut down completely was the health system’s Physician Surgery Center, which was closed on Monday. Physician offices are not closing.

The hospital is “still seeking qualified applicants for a number of positions, and in all cases affected employees will be encouraged to apply for appropriate positions and not lose their service longevity with the organization,” the statement said.

In addition to the layoffs, AnMed Health said Dallas-based Med-Trans Corp., a national air medical provider, will take over the system’s air ambulance programs as of this year. The services and coverage area will remain the same.

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