6 healthcare layoffs in January

The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review in January. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.

1. Texas hospital shutters sexual assault forensic unit as part of layoffs
Mission (Texas) Regional Medical Center closed its sexual assault forensic unit, or SAFE Place, reports The Monitor.The closure was part of 40 layoffs that took place at the hospital, according to Javier Iruegas, CEO of MRMC. Employees affected by the layoffs include two sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANE nurses, among others.

2. Long Beach hospitals lay off 130 employees amid financial challenges
Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial and its two sister hospitals in Long Beach laid off 130 employees, or less than 3 percent of staffing, according to a hospital statement. The hospitals attributed the layoffs to financial challenges brought on by today's healthcare environment.

3. Memorial Hermann to cut workforce by 112
Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System is laying off 112 employees, or less than 1 percent of its 25,000-employee workforce, according to a Houston Chronicle report. The layoffs primarily affect people in leadership positions, according to the article. This includes vice presidents, senior vice presidents, managers and directors.

4. Theranos lays off 40% of workforce
Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood testing startup Theranos laid off 155 employees. As the company pivots toward commercializing its miniLab testing platform, it is "re-engineering" operations and streamlining the organization, it said in a news release.

5. CHI St. Alexius cuts workforce by 2.7% amid rising costs
CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, N.D., laid off 52 employees, or 2.7 percent of its total workforce, reports The Bismarck Tribune. The hospital attributed the layoffs to rising costs.

6. MD Anderson to cut about 1,000 jobs
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs, or 5 percent of its 20,000-person workforce, as it tries to improve its financial health. At a press conference, MD Anderson officials said between 800 and 900 workers will be laid off, and an additional 100 to 200 jobs will be cut through retirement and attrition, according to the Houston Business Journal. The job cuts will not affect any physicians.


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