15 Recent Hospital, Health System Layoffs

The following five 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. Hartford HealthCare to Eliminate 350 Jobs
Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare plans to eliminate 350 jobs through layoffs and attrition. About 230 employees will be laid off or leave through buyouts and retirement, while the rest of the positions are vacant.

2. Mercy to Lay Off 300 Across 4 States
Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy is planning to lay off up to 300 people across four states this month. The health system is attributing the workforce reduction to a lack of Medicaid expansion in most of the states it serves.

3. Kindred Healthcare to Close 2 Texas Hospitals, Trim 246 Jobs
Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare is closing two Texas hospitals and eliminating 246 jobs. The transitional and extended-stay hospital operator will close its 83-bed location in Channelview, which will eliminate 139 jobs, and its 86-bed facility Houston, which will cut 107 jobs.

4. Mayo Clinic Cuts 188 Medical Transcription Jobs in Wisconsin
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System is eliminating 188 medical transcription positions in Wisconsin as it outsources the service.

5. Supervisors Approve Kern Medical Center Layoffs
The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted to approve layoffs at the financially troubled Kern County Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif. Now, the hospital will eliminate 111 positions, 51 of which involve layoffs.

6. Abington Health to Lay Off 95
Abington (Pa.) Health will lay off 95 employees and cut the hours of others before July 1. Eighty-five of the affected employees are full-time workers.

7. Ellwood City Hospital Lays Off 67
Ellwood City (Pa.) Hospital laid off 67 employees, eliminating the equivalent of 44 full-time positions. Seven of the layoffs were voluntary, with employees retiring or relocating.

8. Parkview Whitley Hospital Sells 2 Properties, Will Lay Off 52
Columbia City, Ind.-based Parkview Whitley Hospital sold a skilled nursing facility and assisted living center to Miller's Merry Manor, which provides rehabilitation services, assisted living and long-term nursing care. As a result of the sale of the two Columbia City-based facilities, 52 Parkview Whitley employees will be laid off. However, Miller's Merry Manor may employ some of the affected workers.

9. Oaklawn Hospital Cuts 43 Positions
Marshall, Mich.-based Oaklawn Hospital is eliminating 43 full- and part-time positions from its staff. The hospital, which has about 980 employees, posted a $5 million loss on its operational budget in fiscal year 2014.

10. St. John's Hospital in Illinois to Lay Off 43 Managers
St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill., is eliminating 43 management positions. The job cuts are a combination of immediate layoffs and decisions to not fill vacant positions or replace retiring employees.

11. Hilo Medical Center Cuts Clinical, Administrative Staff
Hilo (Hawaii) Medical Center eliminated one physician, five administrative and 25 temporary nurse and technician positions.

12. WellStar Health Trims 29 Corporate Jobs
Marietta, Ga.-based WellStar Health System cut 29 corporate positions, including the complete elimination of 11 "team member roles."

13. St. Mary's Hospital in Illinois to Cut Services, Lay Off 25
St. Mary's Hospital in Streator, Ill., plans to close its maternity unit and end home health services this summer. Twenty-five employees will be affected by the service cuts.

14. Mayo Clinic Eliminates 14 Nursing Positions
Mayo Clinic eliminated 14 nursing positions at its headquarter site in Rochester, Minn. The hospital trimmed the discharge planning nurse positions on June 2.

15. HealthAlliance Announces Layoffs Due to Decreased Patient Volumes
HealthAlliance Hospital of Leominster, Mass., announced it will lay off employees from clinical and administrative departments, including some managerial staff, due to decreasing patient volumes.


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