12 Recent Hospital and Health System Layoffs

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The following 12 hospital and health system layoffs and workforce reductions were covered by Becker's Hospital Review in the last two weeks. They are listed below by number of employees and/or positions affected.

1. Vanderbilt University Medical Center to Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs
Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to lay off a total of 1,033 employees by the end of the year. The major workforce reduction is part of VUMC's attempt to cut $250 million from its operating budget over its next two fiscal years.

2. John Muir Health Asks Employees to Accept Voluntary Layoffs
Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health is asking staff members to accept 212 voluntary severance packages. If not enough employees accept the severance packages voluntarily, the system could resort to layoffs.

3. Franciscan Alliance to Trim 125 Positions in Illinois
Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance plans to cut roughly 125 employees from Franciscan St. James Health-Olympia Fields (Ill.), Franciscan St. James Health-Chicago Heights (Ill.) and related outpatient clinics.

4. Emory Healthcare to Chop 100 Jobs
Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare will lay off about 100 employees, effective Nov. 15. The system is closing a neuropsychiatry unit at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital in Atlanta and combining two psychiatry units into one, leading to the layoffs.

5. Texas Medical Center Lays Off 96, Mostly in Management Positions
Texas Medical Center Corp. in Houston laid off 96 employees, most of whom held management positions with the operator of its namesake 860-bed hospital. The TMC Corp. oversees 54 nonprofit member institutions.

6. Akron General Eliminates About 60 Positions
Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center is laying off roughly 30 employees and moving 30 others into new jobs as it eliminates about 60 positions. The workforce reduction comes as the hospital converts many of its patient rooms from double occupancy to private rooms in response to lower inpatient volumes.

7. Southcoast Health to Lay Off Dozens
Southcoast Health System in New Bedford, Mass., plans to lay off up to 60 employees. The layoffs will affect both union and non-union employees and will affect several departments.

8. Peninsula Regional Medical Center to Lay Off 58
Salisbury, Md.-based Peninsula Regional Medical Center plans to lay off 58 employees and offer buyouts to 130 more. The cuts are in response to lower inpatient volumes.

9. Summa Health Lays Off 58
Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System laid off 58 employees and is making other workforce-related cuts. Seven of the employees affected by the layoffs were nurses who provided patient care.

10. Community Howard Regional Health to Lay Off 50
Kokomo, Ind.-based Community Howard Regional Health plans to cut 50 full-time equivalent positions from its workforce. The hospital is cutting staff because of lower patient volumes and reductions in Medicare and private payer reimbursements.

11. Hillcrest Healthcare System Lays Off Administrators
Tulsa, Okla.-based Hillcrest Healthcare System is laying off about 50 employees, or roughly 1 percent of its workforce.

12. PeaceHealth St. John Makes Nurse Staffing Cuts
PeaceHealth's St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., reduced its nursing staff and cut back on nurses' hours. Some nurses were asked to agree to voluntary layoffs or hour reductions. The system did not specify how many nurses and which departments were affected by the cuts.

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