Harnett Health furloughs staff due to virus

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Harnett Health, which oversees both hospitals in Harnett County, has announced a furlough of many employees and a reduction in services.

Due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economy, Harnett Health furloughed 80 staff members and began restructuring within the health system, according to officials.

“We want to reassure our community that we are still here and able to provide care whenever they may need us,” Harnett Health President Cory Hess said. “The restructuring is a direct result of having to temporarily shut down some of our services to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Hess said the economics of continuing to offer all services is not feasible with the current situation.

“Because of these changes and closures, we have seen a significant reduction in revenue into the health system,” Hess said. “Once we are able to fully reopen services we plan on bringing all furloughed staff members back to their positions at Harnett Health.”

Some of the restructuring Hess was referring to, includes the cancellation of all elective surgical procedures at both Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington.

The system is also reducing physical therapy treatments to essential treatments only and reducing hours of all Harnett Health Physicians practices, the company said.

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2037.

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