Wellstar, one of the largest health care systems in the state, also has instituted a hiring freeze, eliminated overtime and bonus pay and adjusted senior executive and physician pay, according to the statement.
The furloughs are to be in effect through July 31, and most workers are eligible for unemployment benefits. Those furloughed employees will retain their health care benefits, according to Wellstar.
Wellstar Health System, which employs 24,300 people, is also reducing work hours for an additional 1,861 workers.
Despite the national focus on health care workers who are treating victims of COVID-19, the pandemic has led to a dramatic plunge in elective surgeries and many other kinds of non-emergency medical visits and treatments.
Even many hospital emergency rooms are not as busy as usual.The nation's health care systems as a whole are losing $50 billion a month, according to the American Hospital Association.
The result has been furloughs and a wave of layoffs. In the past eight weeks the Georgia Department of Labor has processed initial jobless claims from 221,519 workers in health care.
Emory Healthcare, which has about 25,000 employees, has not announced furloughs or layoffs. But it is confronting many of the same pandemic-triggered issues, said spokesman Vincent Dollard.
"We are assessing how best to move forward for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021," he said.
Piedmont Healthcare, which has about 23,000 employees, also is trying to cut costs, according to a statement from a spokesman.
"We are adjusting our operations by reducing operating expenses and flexing staff to match patient volumes," he said. "We … feel fortunate that these efforts enabled us to avoid any large-scale furloughs or layoffs at this time."