Mercy spokeswoman Janis Yergan blamed the layoffs on federal budget cuts known as sequestration, which she said had reduced Medicare reimbursements by 2 percent annually resulting in a $1.8 million annual loss.
Yergan wrote that the layoffs were done after eliminating job openings, enactment of voluntary time off programs and cutting spending on services and supplies.
Mercy CEO Ed Oley referred all questions to Yergan.
In the release, Yergan said the cuts would not affect patient care.
“Although the decisions made today are difficult, we believe the changes will position Mercy to provide high-quality care for generations to come,” she said.