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Henry Ford Health System to furlough 2,800 employees due to 'financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic'

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Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:31:34-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Henry Ford Health System will be temporarily laying off 2,800 employees due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

“I know that news concerning furloughs is painful – especially for an organization like ours, whose greatest strength has always been our people,” wrote Henry Ford’s President and CEO, Wright Lassiter, III. “We value each team member’s unique contribution and this decision does not change that. But, we must face these realities head on.”

The furloughs will spread across six-hospital system locations, and will impact those not directly involved in patient care.

Employees will keep their health care through the furlough and they will be eligible for unemployment benefits, the health system said.

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