FULTON, Mo. (KMIZ)
Noble Health said Friday that it has furloughed 175 employees at its hospitals in Audrain and Callaway counties.
The announcement comes after the company abruptly suspended all emergency room operations on March 25.
Noble Health said last month that it is taking this time to "focus on identifying changed that will make the hospitals more efficient, sustainable - and better able to serve area patients."
The hospitals "diverted emergency medical services and paused inpatient admissions so they could address longstanding problems with their revenue cycle processes and electronic medical records," according to a press release posted on Noble's Facebook page.
Noble did not provide details about the furloughs, but furloughed employees are usually asked to take an unpaid leave of absence.
Residents near both Audrain and Callaway will have to make the journey to Columbia or Jefferson City to receive emergency health services.
In that release, Noble Health said that both hospitals will keep the community informed on social media, and through local media. Noble Health has thus far not spoken with ABC 17 News despite several inquiries.