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    UnityPoint Muscatine to furlough staff, cut executive pay

    Margaret Stadtwald
    Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
    Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

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    MUSCATINE, Iowa–UnityPoint Trinty Muscatine Hospital will temporarily reduce the hours or furlough certain workers and cut executive pay by approximately 15% to offset losses caused by cancellations of elective and non-emergency surgeries and procedures. Ashe Simpson, a marketing communications specialist for UnityPoint elaborated on the changes:

    “Over half of UnityPoint Health’s team members are affected as a result of the lower volumes, cancellation of elective procedures, and temporary closures of services creating a reduction in hours and associated compensation. All executives at the vice president level and above will take a 15% pay reduction. The majority of management and professional staff will also receive pay reductions for a defined period of time. Temporary furloughs will affect team members in areas where work is significantly limited or not available. Those temporary changes in our workforce affect all our hospital,s clinics, home care, and support areas across our health system”

    Though UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine will see staffing furloughs, Ashe assures the community that, “the majority of team members who are directly caring for COVID-19 patients will not be affected as a result of these changes.” Additionally, the hospital’s emergency room remains open to treat serious issues, such as strokes, and primary care doctors are still available to help patients manage chronic conditions. In all cases, patients should call ahead before coming to the hospital. In some cases, telehealth visits can replace an in person visit.

    Currently, UnityPoint has not set an end date for the furloughs and pay cuts. Ashe indicated they would lift them when operations return to a more normal footing.

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