OhioHealth announces biggest layoff in company history

OhioHealth is eliminating 637 jobs, its biggest layoff ever, as part of a plan that the Columbus-based healthcare operator says is necessary to drive improvements in patient care.

Of the 637 jobs, 567 are in information technology while the rest are in a unit called revenue cycle that handles such things as billing, coding and accounts receivable. Most of the jobs are based in Greater Columbus.

OhioHealth informed workers Thursday of the cuts.

The IT workers will remain on the payroll until Jan. 3. They will be given the opportunity for training that could make them eligible for other jobs with OhioHealth.

The other workers will be laid off Nov. 4.

Workers will receive severance pay and temporary benefits after their employment ends. OhioHealth says it will have a job fair for those who are affected.