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 two weeks. They are listed below by the number of employees and/or positions affected.

1. KentuckyOne Health Confirms 500 Layoffs
Five-hundred employees at Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health were recently laid off, and 200 additional vacant positions were eliminated. In addition to the workforce reduction, the system is closing the emergency room at Medical Center Jewish Northeast in Louisville April 1.

2. Crozer-Keystone to Lay Off 250, Including Physicians
Financially beleaguered Crozer-Keystone Health System in Springfield, Pa., announced it will eliminate 250 positions. The job cuts will affect physicians and several managers.

3. St. Joseph Hospital Lays Off 152
St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., laid off 152 employees and is leaving 18 positions vacant as part of a cost-cutting initiative. The hospital has experienced low patient volumes and reimbursement cuts, and is cutting 5 percent of its budget for the current fiscal year.

4. McLaren Northern Michigan Cuts 43 Jobs
McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey is eliminating 43 positions and cutting the hours of 100 more employees. McLaren officials said the workforce reduction will put it "on par with industry standards."

5. Temple University Health System Eliminates 75 Jobs
Philadelphia-based Temple University Health System is eliminating 75 full- and part-time jobs from its Jeanes Hospital.

6. Kimball Medical Center to Lay Off 73, Including Nurses
Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J., part of West Orange, N.J.-based Barnabas Health, plans to lay off 73 employees by the end of April, including 62 nurses.

7. Oroville Hospital to Lay Off 50
Oroville (Calif.) Hospital is reducing its staffing by 3.5 percent, meaning about 50 employees will be let go. The reduction does not only involve layoffs: some positions will be combined, and some full-time employees will become part-time or per diem workers.

8. Good Shepherd Health System Lays Off 24
As part of a series of cost-cutting moves, Longview, Texas-based Good Shepherd Health System eliminated 24 jobs. The layoffs announcement came just a week after the system announced plans to close Good Shepherd Medical Center Linden (Texas) and two health centers, affecting 100 employees.

9. Barrett Hospital to Cut 14 Jobs
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare in Dillon, Mont., is eliminating 14 full-time positions from its workforce. The workforce reduction does not mean 14 people will lose their jobs, as some reductions are being achieved through reduced hours or attrition.

10. Northern Arizona Healthcare Trims 9 Administrative Jobs
Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona Healthcare eliminated nine administrative positions in an attempt to increase efficiency and cut costs. Eliminating the positions will help the system better combine services provided at two of its hospitals, Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center.

11. New London Hospital to Cut Jobs, Benefits
New London (N.H.) Hospital plans to trim its 600-person staff and cut employee benefits to stay financially viable. Hospital officials plan to reduce benefits, change staffing levels at the nursing home, delay implementing an electronic medical record system in its outpatient practices, freeze spending on capital projects and stop paying for travel and education for workers.


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