CHICO, Calif. - Hospitals are cutting workers across the nation and here at Enloe Medical Center, they call it LC days or low census.
Enloe officials say this is based on patient volumes, so when Enloe has departments that are seeing low numbers they ask for volunteers who want to give up some hours to meet that staffing ratio.
If there aren’t enough volunteers to do that then they refer to their union contracts and agreements, so that burden is shared equally.
Officials say that Enloe has seen a 30% drop in patients and in revenue.
Many other hospitals across the nation have had to resort to layoffs or cutting services, but they're trying to avoid that at Enloe.
Some managers are volunteering to reduce their salaries by 10% to avoid layoffs, and those employees who are not working are on call and readily available in case there is a coronavirus surge in patients.
Enloe also says they're purposely decreasing the number of patients to keep beds open, but they are still intaking patients who have an emergent issue like a procedure or surgery.
Enloe says they're postponing non-emergent issues.