Aspirus health system announced has temporarily furloughed or reduced work hours of some employees because of the organizational impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This primarily impacts employees who do not work in direct patient care. 

“This is the most difficult decision our leadership team has ever made,” said Matthew Heywood, Aspirus president and CEO. “Our staff and caregivers are doing an excellent job building Aspirus into a national healthcare leader, but COVID-19 is reducing our business volumes.” 

Healthcare systems nationally are facing similar decisions. 

Among its many preparations to fight COVID-19, Aspirus canceled non-urgent procedures and appointments, as well as consolidated and temporarily closed some physician clinics.

Furloughed employees can continue their Aspirus healh insurance and other benefits, and they may be recalled at any time to meet staffing needs. "We care deeply about our team members, and our goal is to bring them back as soon as volumes allow us to do so, "Heywood said.