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Health care company lays off 290 employees, 198 in region

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A Pennsylvania health care company has laid off nearly 300 employees in Florida as it shuts down one of its divisions.

Invo Healthcare announced the job cuts in a series of letters posted to the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification database Thursday evening.

The cuts were effective June 20 and span the state, with 149 across the Tampa Bay region, 28 in North Port and 21 in Sarasota.

According to the letters, the cuts come as Invo closes its 11 Progressus Therapy facilities in Florida. Progressus offered school-based therapeutic services.

“Unfortunately, challenges faced through and following the pandemic have led us to a place where the quality we committed to would be at risk,” the company says in the letters, which are signed by Donna Orlando, senior director for human resources.

“After spending the last year and a half on multiple initiatives, operational upgrades and potential alternatives to keep our applied behavior analytics home and center-based operations intact, we ultimately came to the difficult decision to discontinue this aspect of our business.”

The letters did not state what, if any, severance or placement services will be available for employees who lost their jobs, and Orlando did not respond to a request for those details.

The letters, which say the cuts are permanent, were sent to meet WARN Notice requirements; Federal law requires companies to provide states with Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification notices when making job cuts.

Invo Healthcare is based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and has a corporate campus in Tampa. The company operates in 27 states and serves more than 70,000 children annually, according to its website. Its areas of expertise include applied behavior analysis, behavioral and mental health services, occupational therapy and physical therapy.



Louis Llovio

Louis Llovio is the commercial real estate editor at the Business Observer. Before going to work at the Observer, the longtime business writer worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maryland Daily Record and for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He lives in Tampa.


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