Tufts Medicine to lay off 174 employees, including leaders

Burlington, Mass.-based Tufts Medicine will lay off 174 employees due to industry challenges, the health system confirmed in a May 21 statement shared with Becker's.

The layoffs, which have varying effective dates, will primarily affect administrative and non-direct patient care roles. Some leadership roles were affected, a spokesperson told Becker's

"Tufts Medicine employees are talented, dedicated, highly-valued contributors to our mission and values," the health system's statement said. "That's why decisions like this, while sometimes necessary, are extremely difficult. While we continue to make steady progress towards our goal of financial recovery, like many other health systems, we continue to face challenges from persistent capacity issues, high contract labor expenses, and rising supply chain costs. 

"As a result, we are taking steps to reduce the size of our workforce, affecting 174 employees, the vast majority in administrative and non-direct patient care roles, to help stabilize our financial health and best position Tufts Medicine to continue providing high-quality care to the patients and communities we proudly serve."

Tufts Medicine, which includes Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, an expansive home care network and a large clinically integrated physician network, has more than 15,000 employees and caregivers total, according to its LinkedIn page.

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