Lone Star Circle of Care announces more layoffs, end of some services

Georgetown-based nonprofit Lone Star Circle of Care ended a difficult month by announcing that it has laid off 92 additional employees, consolidated a clinic site, "significantly reduced its dental service line" and stopped offering optometry services. Forty-six of the layoffs concerned employees who work directly with patients.



According to a May 31 news statement, LSCC has closed five school-engaged clinics and is working with partners to transition others. LSCC plans to cease operations at its Capital Plaza location in Austin at the end of June.



In May, LSCC laid off a total of 185 employees—"the majority of which were concentrated in administrative departments in order to preserve access to clinical services for patients," the statement read.



Earlier in May, CEO Pete Perialas Jr. announced his retirement after 12 years with the nonprofit.



"Lone Star Circle of Care's patients are and will continue to be our highest priority," said Interim CEO Rhonda Mundhenk in the statement. "While extremely difficult, these reductions were necessary to protect and preserve the majority of services for our patients. On behalf of LSCC, I would like to acknowledge the service of all staff affected by these difficult but necessary changes."

By Joe Olivieri
Joe covered Southwest Austin news for Community Impact Newspaper from January 2011 to April 2015. His reporting focused on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. He was named the paper's managing editor in April 2015. Joe hails from New Jersey.


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