Ascension hospitals to protect employee pay in COVID-19 related situations

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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Ascension’s CEO tells employees that they’ll protect their pay if they’re temporarily assigned to different jobs or unable to work for reasons linked to COVID-19.

Ascension President and CEO Joseph R. Impicciche emailed employees on April 3, 2020, saying the protection will come through programs like furlough pay, pay continuation, PTO advance, worker’s compensation and short-term disability.

The St. Louis-based hospital system will also offer daycare subsidies and reimbursements for employees who care for infected patients and may need to stay in a hotel for social-distancing purposes, according to the email.

“We are blessed to be able to make this commitment and appreciate the tremendous work and flexibility of our associates, leaders and physicians in providing compassionate, personalized care,” Mr. Impicciche wrote. “I am proud to witness the way all associates have come together to address the challenges of today, just like we have throughout our history.”

Ascension Via Christi is located in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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