St. Charles Financially Devastated | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Pin It

St. Charles Financially Devastated 

Hospital may lose $50 million in 2020; announces plans to cut employee hours and executive pay

Well before coronavirus officially hit Central Oregon, St. Charles Health System took steps to plan for a COVID-19 surge and double capacity. Before Gov. Kate Brown banned "non-essential" surgeries, hospital executives stopped them to preserve personal protective equipment. Elective surgeries are a major source of revenue and help to make up for the lower reimbursement rates of Medicare and Medicaid. The hospital is considered a nonprofit, as are about 60% of U.S. hospitals.

St. Charles Health System has a goal to break even for two months during 2020. Even then, it will likely lose $50 million this year. - PIXABAY
  • Pixabay
  • St. Charles Health System has a goal to break even for two months during 2020. Even then, it will likely lose $50 million this year.

SCHS' Chief Financial Officer, Jenn Welander, said in the past that it has enough liquidity to float for the next seven months without revenue. But on May 28, the hospital announced a plan to cut back.

SCHS has paid 52,000 hours in missed shifts, at a cost of more than $2.1 million, since the COVID-19 crisis began. Now, it's asking caregivers to volunteer to take unpaid time off, while requiring others to use earned time off or take unpaid time off during holidays for the duration of 2020. On-call employees who are called off due to low patient volumes will not be paid for missed shifts anymore.

Further, the hospital's "Executive Care Team," which includes President and CEO Joe Sluka and 11 vice presidents—is taking a 10% pay cut through 2020.

In 2017, Sluka took home $1.12 million in compensation, according to the hospital's 990 IRS form. Total executive pay for that period totals more than $6 million.

"We simply are not generating enough money we need to care for patients, invest in our caregivers and support our community," said Welander. "Instead, we are spending down our reserves and that isn't sustainable."

About The Author

Pin It

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • My Marvelous Mentors

    My Marvelous Mentors

    Jim Anderson pens a farewell to readers
    • Aug 26, 2020
  • Santa Uncensored

    Santa Uncensored

    A retired mall Santa shares some of his most bizarre (and moving) experiences
    • Dec 18, 2019
Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

  •   @sourceweekly on Instagram

Latest in Local News

  • Source Weekly Update June 21 2021

    • Jun 17, 2021
    A proposal for a pedestrian zone in downtown Bend and details on the DA's new program for juvenile offenders More »
  • Six Years, Walking the World

    • Jun 16, 2021
    Bendite Angela Maxwell spent over half a decade walking everywhere from New Zealand to inner Mongolia. More »
  • Pedestrian Avenue

    • Jun 16, 2021
    A proposal from Downtown Bend Business Association could change Minnesota Avenue into a walkable plaza More »
  • More »

More by Laurel Brauns

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation