Saying that “these are exceedingly difficult times,” Inova CEO J. Stephen Jones announced that the healthcare provider was cutting 427 positions due to financial stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The official announcement about the cuts came Thursday, though Jones had discussed the layoffs with multiple media outlets on Wednesday. It’s not clear how many layoffs will be at Inova facilities in the Richmond Highway/Alexandria area; a request for more information sent to Inova was not immediately answered.
In a statement released on the Inova website, Jones said that while Inova employees had been on the frontlines of the current public health crisis, the hospital system had suffered the loss of “hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.”
“The COVID crisis has caused an immense decline in our clinical activity,” said Jones, who has been CEO at Inova since 2018.
Jones said that Inova has reduced expenses in a variety of manners, including by reducing “the salaries of senior leaders across the board.” A request for more information about the specific size of the pay cuts was not immediately answered.
In a video message that accompanied the press release, Jones became emotional discussing the cuts, saying they were not related to performance or any actions of the workers, but were instead the result of “this unprecedented crisis.”
“Every one of the 427 team members has added immense value over the years and will remain very important members of our family and community,” Jones said in the video. “I hope that many will find opportunities to rejoin Inova in other roles. I can’t stress enough how grateful I am for their commitment to Inova and our mission.”
Inova, Northern Virginia’s largest hospital system, employs more than 18,000 people in the Washington D.C. region, according to their website. Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is the largest private employer in the Richmond Highway area.
It’s not clear how many patients suffering from COVID-19 are currently hospitalized at Inova hospitals, which are located in Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria and Loudoun County. According to the Virginia Department of Health, 460 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Fairfax Health District, which includes the county, City of Falls Church and Fairfax City. Alexandria has 81 hospitalizations, while Loudoun County has 67.