Ed Herbert, MSHA vice president of communications and marketing, said the health system has decided to cut Indian Path Pavilion’s general outpatient therapy services, resulting in the loss of five positions.
“We’re looking at this like any other business — we’re trying to make sure that our resources are best in line with the patients’ needs,” Herbert said. “The outpatient therapy services did not have enough patient volume.”
The affected employees are general clinical therapists. Herbert said two of them have already opted to take other jobs within the health system. The other three employees also have opportunities to get jobs within MSHA.
“They have opportunities,” Herbert said. “We’re just realigning our outpatient services.”
Indian Path Pavilion is a 61-bed facility on the Mountain States campus in Kingsport. The hospital offers mental health and chemical dependency services for individuals 18 and older.
Herbert said MSHA is “analyzing all of our services.”
“We have to look at the reimbursements, look at the needs of the patient population. We’re doing that,” he said. “As things change, we have to realign our resources to meet those changes.”
Mountain States Health Alliance is headquartered in Johnson City.