Welia Health notified its employees late last week of cost-reducing measures, including decreasing staff workloads, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 23, 2020 Governor Tim Waltz issued the executive order temporarily discontinuing routine, non-emergent services, procedures and surgeries. Those actions were taken to keep healthcare workers and communities safe while preserving as much personal protective equipment (PPE) as possible. Those same critical actions have now significantly impacted patient volumes, revenues and service offerings.
Since the governor’s executive order, Welia Health has experienced at least a 50% decline in revenues, compelling the organization to take a hard look at the resulting financial challenges while at the same time, doing whatever necessary to continue to serve its communities in a post-COVID-19 world. Pouring over reports and all available data, Randy Ulseth, CEO of Welia Health, along with his senior leadership team, have introduced the following cost-saving measures.
• A temporary reduction in staffing hours to better align with volumes
• Suspension of services at its Hinckley clinic
• Creation of work-from-home arrangements for those whose essential job functions allow
• A reduction in pay for senior leadership positions
• Reallocation of staff to alternative departments
Ulseth and the senior team recognize that these are anxious times for employees and have implemented a support team to help with the stressors accompanying this pandemic.
After announcing the cost-saving measures, Ulseth spoke with employees reassuring them these changes are temporarily, and in turn, they offered him understanding and support.
“I believe our employees understand the hard decisions that needed to be made,” Ulseth said. “I can’t express my gratitude enough for everyone is doing their part to help keep the organization viable.”
For the most up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit Minnesota Department of Health website, mn.gov/covid19 or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, cdc.gov/coronavirus. These resources, along with local Kanabec County and Pine County resources, are available at WeliaHealth.org/coronavirus.
• Minnesota Department of Health, health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus
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• Pine County COVID-19 Hotline
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 320-591-1690.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC: cdc.gov