GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine is laying off about 35 employees ranging from physicians to high-level administrative staff members. Seven of the 35 employees are physicians. Chairman of the Board Chester Brown has also resigned.
A spokesperson told WFMY News 2 the organization needed to cut the positions to reduce costs, but no patients will be dismissed from the practice. In addition, Triad Adult And Pediatric Medicine has also experienced a decrease in patient volume. Affected patients will receive letters about the layoffs in the coming weeks.
"This is not easy. I wish I had a magic wand that would create the money that we needed so that none of the people being impacted were impacted. I hope that we turn this organization around and we can make some telephone calls and invite people to come back," CEO Brian Ellerby said. "We are doing these things to ensure that our sustainability continues and we can be here. We have to show our patients that we are here. We have to the show the community that we are here."
The practice currently has four locations in Greensboro and High Point. Doctors treat 39,000 children and 11,000 adults. The organization employed about 200 people in 2010. After this round of cuts, staff will be nearly cut in half to 120 people.
Ellerby blames the layoffs on a combination of issues: a weak economy, a difficult transition to electronic medical records, a later flu and cold season and a declining number of patients.
"A lot of those things are coming together and forming a perfect storm of impact on our organization. Tie that to changes to the health care environment that changes how we are reimbursed for services," Ellerby said.
Robert Poth, Chief Medical Officer, added, "We hope that we can bring this out of the fire. We think that we will. We will be here for our patients. I think you will see in the coming years that we will be back to a level where we used to be."
The layoffs at all sites operated by the company are effective Feb. 1.
Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine primarily treats patients without insurance or with Medicare. The company also operated the HealthServe Practice, which closed last year. Next month, a new medical practice will open at the site HealthServe used to occupy. Triad Adult And Pediatric Medicine will operate the facility.
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