Wilson Medical Center to outsource 101 positions

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One-hundred and one hospital workers will have a new employer’s name on the top of their paychecks in mid-July after Wilson Medical Center decided to outsource food services and custodial staff.

Hospital CEO Bill Caldwell submitted a notice in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act on June 1 about the change, noting the decision includes 27 environmental associates, 16 dietary aides, 10 cooks and 48 others who will become employees of HHS Environmental Services.

“Although it is not at all clear whether WARN even applies in this instance because the employees affected by the transition will continue to be employed in the same job, at the same location, performing the same duties and at the same pay rate, but just for a different employer, without losing even a day of pay, the hospital is nonetheless providing this notice,” Caldwell wrote in the letter to the N.C. Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions.

Wilson Medical Center spokeswoman Lisa Briley said the transition will be effective July 15.

“We are extremely proud of the work these departments have been doing, and we know that under the leadership of HHS, their commitment to quality will continue to be at the forefront,” she said.

As long as the workers meet eligibility requirements and pass standard background screenings, Briley said they will continue their jobs as HHS employees.