Centra Health is eliminating 163 positions within the company, mostly through layoffs at Virginia Baptist Hospital. Another 141 workers have taken reduced hours. Laid off workers will be considered for open positions within the company.
Ford Five, a surgical unit at Virginia Baptist, will be closing immediately. The Outpatient Department at Virginia Baptist Hospital will remain open at reduced hours, but will close effective December 31.
Centra Health spokesperson Diane Riley said the changes are in response to decline in patient volume.