Vidant Health announced on Wednesday it is exploring layoffs and other measures to make up for budget shortfalls, a day after a sporting goods distribution center issued a notice that it is closing and laying off 100 people.
Vidant Health released a statement about its financial challenges early Wednesday night. It said Vidant experienced a significant budget shortfall for the first quarter of its 2020 fiscal year, the months of October, November and December.
“We are working to address the shortfall by exploring a number of options to include reducing expenses by ceasing discretionary spending, implementing process improvements and a reduction in workforce — this will not impact patient care at this time,” according to the statement.
A system spokesman declined to say how many positions would be reduced or what discretionary spending or “process improvements” are on the chopping block.
“Despite these challenges, Vidant will stay true to improving the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. The communities we serve depend on us to protect their health care,” the statement said.
Vidant Health serves 1.4 million people across 29 counties, according to its website. It has hospitals in Greenville and Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Hertford and Halifax counties.
It also has 550 primary and specialty care providers in more than 100 locations across eastern North Carolina.
On Tuesday, CWI Inc. the parent corporation of Camping World RV & Outdoors, sent a notice announcing it was laying off 104 employees in Greenville and closing its facilities located at 5398 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway and 601 Stanton Road. The letter, sent to the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions, was also sent to Mayor P.J. Connelly.
“The decision was made following the consolidation of the company’s retail business and the subsequent reduction in inventory,” the letter said.
The letter was sent as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, a federal law requiring certain types of companies and businesses to report to state and local governments when layoffs occur. While Connelly received the letter Tuesday, a commerce department spokesman said Wednesday morning his agency had not received notice.
The closure should be finalized April 11, but plans could change.
The lost jobs include 78 “specialist” positions, four administrative assistants, three maintenance associates, seven “lead” positions, three managers, seven supervisors, a “fulfillment director,” and a logistics supervisor.
Camping World Holding announced in September that the company was shifting away from locations where it did not have the ability to sell or service recreational vehicles.
The trade publication Trade Only Today reported in January that Camping World was closing 27 former Gander Mountain retail locations. The publication also cited Camping World’s November third quarter report which said the company would “either sell, divest, repurpose, relocate or close 28 outdoor retail locations.”
Camping World purchased Gander Mountain and Overton’s Inc. in 2017.
Efforts to contact a Camping World spokesman were unsuccessful.