13 Recent Hospital and Health System Layoffs

The following hospital and/or health system job eliminations were announced within the past month. They are listed by the number of employees or positions affected.  

1. LSU Health System to Slash 1,500 Jobs in New Austerity Plan
The board of directors of Baton Rouge-based Louisiana State University Health System approved a $151.8 million budget cut plan that will lay off nearly 1,500 employees starting in January 2013.

2. UCSF Medical Center to Trim 300 Jobs
University of California San Francisco Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital are planning to cut 300 full-time jobs to lower healthcare costs. UCSF Medical Center employs roughly 8,000 people throughout its locations in San Francisco.

3. St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis Lays Off 176 Employees
St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis laid off 176 employees — 25 of those held management positions.

4. MedWest Hospitals in North Carolina Lay Off 80 Employees
Three MedWest hospitals in North Carolina, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, laid off more than 80 employees in mid-October. The layoffs were implemented at MedWest-Haywood in Clyde, MedWest-Swain in Bryson City, and MedWest-Harris in Sylva.

5. Kaiser Permanente of Ohio to Lay Off 58 Employees
Kaiser Permanente of Ohio, based in Cleveland, announced the layoffs of 58 employees by year's end as it tries to lower premiums for enrollees. The system has roughly 1,800 employees at 15 locations in Cleveland.

6. E.A. Conway Medical Center in Louisiana to Lay Off 38 Employees
E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe, La., began notifying 38 employees of impending layoffs this month. E.A. Conway Medical Center is part of Baton Rouge-based Louisiana State University Health System, which recently approved a $151.8 million budget cut plan that will reduce the workforce by 1,500 employees.

7. Mercy in Ohio to Lay Off 38 Employees
Toledo, Ohio-based Mercy, part of part of Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners, is laying off 38 people and curbing hours for 20 other employees as part of a reorganization plan.

8. Bay Medical Center in Florida Lays Off 27 Employees
Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., is laying off 27 employees. The most affected department is construction, but the system is also closing its on-site child care clinic at the end of the year.

9. Tennova to Trim 27 Jobs From Physicians Regional in Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn.-based Tennova Healthcare is eliminating 27 positions from its Physicians Regional Medical Center, also in Knoxville.

10. Crouse Hospital in New York Eliminates 25 Jobs
Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., laid off 25 people. Twenty of the layoffs affected employees in management positions.

11. Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey Lays Off 23 Employees
Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., laid off 23 employees this month. Officials from the 355-bed hospital said the layoffs resulted from a decline in patient volumes as a result of the economic downturn.

12. Harrington HealthCare Freezes Wages, Lays Off 12 Employees
Southbridge, Mass.-based Harrington HealthCare System is laying off 12 employees and freezing wages for its entire workforce of about 1,300 people.

13. Layoffs, Relocations Expected at Memorial Medical Center of Modesto in California
Memorial Medical Center of Modesto (Calif.) may implement layoffs or relocate jobs to Sacramento, possibly as early as November. The hospital's parent, Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, has been streamlining its finance, billing, human resources and purchasing operations.

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