12 Recent Hospital and Health System Layoffs

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. PeaceHealth to Slash 500 Jobs
Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth plans to eliminate 500 jobs throughout its system through layoffs, attrition and reduced hours. Most of the jobs being cut will be from two hospitals in southwest Washington State: Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver and St. John Medical Center in Longview. Of the 340 positions being eliminated from the two hospitals, 177 will be lost through layoffs.

2. King's Daughters Medical Center Lays Off 148
Ashland, Ky.-based King's Daughters Medical Center laid off 148 workers in support, administrative and supervisory positions. The workforce cuts were made due to declining patient volumes and reimbursement cuts.

3. Centra Notifies 124 Employees Affected by Layoffs
Lynchburg, Va.-based Centra notified 124 employees they will be laid off. By Sept. 5, 112 employees will have been laid off, and 12 more will be gone by the end of the year.

4. NorthShore to Lay Off About 100 Workers
Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem announced plans to lay off 1 percent of its workforce, roughly 100 people. The layoffs are part of an effort to "address redundancies and realign staff," according to a NorthShore memo.

5. Baptist Memorial Health Care Lays Off 23, With More Layoffs Coming
Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care laid off 23 managers, and announced a second round of layoffs affecting 61 additional employees. Baptist pointed to increased charity care and lower reimbursements from the government as the reason for the first round of layoffs.

6. Arnot Health to Eliminate 83 Positions at St. Joseph's Hospital
Elmira, N.Y.-based Arnot Health announced it will eliminate 83 full-time equivalent positions at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira in September. Arnot Health is transitioning St. Joseph's to focus more on outpatient care, psychiatric and alcohol/drug addiction treatment, long-term care and chronic care. Some units will be closed or consolidated as part of the transition, leading to the elimination of positions.

7. HMA's Tennova to Cut 75 Jobs
Tennova Healthcare, based in Knoxville, Tenn., plans to lay off 75 employees in October. Affected employees work in one of the system's regional service centers in the Physicians Regional Hospital in Knoxville. Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates owns Tennova, and is consolidating the Knoxville regional service center into a center in Arkansas.

8. Mission Health to Lay Off Dozens, Cut Budget
Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health plans to lay off about 70 employees and make other employee-related budget cuts. In addition to the layoffs, the system eliminated three vice president positions, did away with merit increases for 2014 and froze paid time off accruals, among other cuts.

9. Covenant Health to Lay Off 49
Covenant Health in Lubbock, Texas, plans to lay off 49 employees as part of a workforce reduction strategy. The layoffs stem from reduced reimbursements due to healthcare reform and the sequester's cuts to Medicare.

10. Columbus Regional Healthcare System Axes 4% of Workforce
Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville, N.C., eliminated 28 jobs, or 4 percent of its workforce. Ten of the 28 positions were vacant.

11. Windber Medical Center Restructures Workforce, Lays Off 19
Windber (Pa.) Medical Center laid off 19 employees and is leaving 11 positions vacant in an effort to reorganize its workforce in order to prepare for the future of healthcare. The layoffs are not linked to lower patient volumes. The workforce reorganization will create four new positions at WMC.

12. CHS' Crestwood Medical Center Lays Off 13
Huntsville, Ala.-based Crestwood Medical Center laid off 13 employees, about 1 percent of its total workforce. Affected employees were in administrative and support positions. Crestwood is owned by Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.

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