LITTLE ROCK, AR (KSLA) - One of the largest employers in the state of Arkansas announced that it must make cuts to their budget for the current fiscal year, leading to the elimination of about 600 positions.
In a statement, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says they will make more than $30-million worth of cuts by the fiscal year's end on June 30.
The statement went on to say UAMS has employees in nearly every Arkansas county.
UAMS also has an operation in southwest Arkansas. UAMS Southwest is located at 300 East 6th Street in Texarkana, AR. It is not known what impact the budget cuts and layoffs will mean for healthcare in Miller County.
The statement said they tried to eliminate unfilled positions, but 258 of the affected positions are currently occupied. Employees began receiving notifications Monday morning.
"Like other academic medical centers around the country, UAMS has had financial challenges for many years but has always made up for any shortfall by using reserve funds," Leslie Taylor, UAMS Vice-Chancellor in the Office of Communications and Marketing said in the statement. "However, we are depleting our resources and cannot continue to do that and sustain UAMS into the future."
The decision to lay off employees was based on money and not performance, according to the statement.
Full statement from Leslie Taylor, UAMS Vice-Chancellor in the Office of Communications and Marketing: