11 Recent Hospital and Health System Layoffs

The following 11 hospital and health system layoffs and workforce reductions were covered by Becker's Hospital Review in the last three weeks. They are listed below by number of employees and/or positions affected.


1. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Trims 358 Jobs
Berkeley, Calf.-based Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a Sutter Health affiliate, eliminated 358 jobs. The cuts affected the equivalent of 175 full-time positions, according to the report.

2. Mountain States Health Alliance to Eliminate 161 Jobs
Johnson City, Tenn.-based Mountain States Health Alliance announced plans to eliminate 116 filled positions and cut 45 vacant positions in a cost-cutting move. The system said direct patient care areas will not be affected.

3. UMass Memorial Medical Center Cuts 99 Positions
Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Medical Center eliminated 99 positions, including clinical staff and employees at the vice president level. One-third of the affected positions were empty, according to the report. In addition to vice presidents, managers and directors were also affected by the cuts.

4. Pomona Valley Hospital to Lay Off 76
Pomona (Calif.) Valley Hospital Medical Center plans to lay off 76 employees and cut the hours of 111 others. The layoffs represent about 3 percent of the hospital's staff.

5. Valley Health Lays Off 33, Eliminates Other Positions
Winchester, Va.-based Valley Health laid off 33 employees and eliminated 25 vacant positions. Nine management positions were included in the layoffs.

6. Baylor Medical Center at Garland to Lay Off 47
Baylor Medical Center at Garland (Texas) is closing its labor and delivery unit, which will lead to 47 layoffs. The closure and layoffs will take effect before April 7.

7. Wiregrass Medical Center Announces Layoffs, Salary Cuts
Wiregrass Medical Center, a 67-bed hospital in Geneva, Ala., laid off 26 full-time employees and other part-time workers and also cut salaries of staff members making at least $10 per hour. The layoffs and salary reductions are expected to cut $1.3 million from Wiregrass' expenses.

8. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ Announces Layoffs
Sherman-based Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ announced plans to cut 18 positions. Layoffs at the facility, which has more than 240 beds, will affect support jobs.

9. Washington Health System Layoffs Stem From Outsourcing
Washington (Pa.) Health System outsourced its medical transcription services to Clear Choice Transcriptions, affecting nine employees.  Two of the employees took jobs in other areas of WHS, one retired, and the other six staff members declined positions with Clear Choice and were laid off.

10. Mineral Community Hospital Lays Off 6
Mineral Community Hospital in Superior, Mont., laid off six employees in management and support positions. The layoffs represent a nearly 10 percent reduction in the hospital's workforce, as Mineral Community Hospital only employs 65 people.

11. Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial to Close Delivery Unit, Lay Off Employees
Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis, Ala., is closing its labor and delivery unit and laying off employees to cut costs. Five to 10 percent of the hospital's staff could be laid off.

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