6 latest healthcare layoffs

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

1. Sharon Regional cuts employees: 3 things to know
A number of employees at Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health System were laid off or saw their hours reduced on Tuesday, according to The Herald. The hospital did not provide The Herald with an exact figures, though employees told the publication approximately 70 workers were affected.

2. Hallmark Health to lay off 57 employees
Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health is laying off 57 employees, or about 2 percent of the company's workforce, according to Wicked Local Reading. Hallmark Health CEO Alan Macdonald wrote in an email to his employees that the layoffs were necessary to achieve the company's goal of reducing operating costs by $16 million in fiscal year 2017, according to the article.

3. McKesson lays off 60 workers in North Carolina
San Francisco-based McKesson laid off 60 employees last week at its office in Charlotte, N.C., The Charlotte Observer reports. The layoffs are in McKesson's sales, customer service and IT departments in its Enterprise Information Solutions business, which helps provide EHRs for hospitals.

4. Wilkes-Barre General Hospital lays off, reduces hours for employees
Some employees at Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) General Hospital were laid off and others saw their hours reduced as part of a move to align staffing with patient volumes, according to The Citizen's Voice. Renita Fennick, a hospital spokesperson, did not specify how many or what types of employees are being laid off. However, the layoffs and reductions in hours will not affect registered nurses, according to Bill Cruice, executive director of Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, the union that represents the registered nurses at the hospital, according to the report.

5. CVS Health to eliminate 600 jobs
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health plans to eliminate nearly 600 jobs in the company's corporate offices in Rhode Island, Illinois and Arizona over the next two months, according to the Wall Street Journal. As of early November, the company had not disclosed which divisions will be affected by the layoffs. Employees affected by the job cuts will be able to apply for different positions within the company. Employees who aren't placed in new positions will receive a severance package.

6. Massachusetts hospital to lay off 64 with closure of transitional care unit
Brockton (Mass.) Hospital, part of Brockton-based Signature Healthcare, will lay off 64 employees when it closes its 29-bed transitional care unit, according to The Enterprise. Leaders told the hospital's transitional care unit employees were told Nov. 1 the unit will close within three months. A department manager, three shifts of nurses and a part-time activities coordinator are among those who will lose their jobs when the unit closes, according to the report.


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