9 recent healthcare layoffs

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

1. Lafayette General ends housekeeping contract, resulting in 243 layoffs
Lafayette (La.) General Medical Center did not renew its housekeeping contract with Aramark Healthcare Services, and Aramark will lay off 243 employees as a result. Aramark will stop operating at the hospital on Dec. 12.

2. Cook County Health and Hospitals to lay off more than 200 employees
More than 200 employees at Chicago-based Cook County Health and Hospitals System are slated to lose their jobs, according to DNAinfo Chicago. In the report, Alexandra Normington, a spokeswoman with CCHHS, said the county plans to eliminate 320 positions by the end of 2016, nearly 100 of which are already vacant.

3. Indiana hospital closure will lead to 187 layoffs
Indianapolis-based Community Health Network will close Community Westview Hospital in Indianapolis by the end of 2016, which will result in 187 layoffs, according to Inside Indiana Business. The 187 layoffs are expected to occur between Dec. 13 and Dec. 31.

4. St. Joseph Medical Center to cut 44 positions
Come December, 44 employees will lose their jobs at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., according to a The News Tribune. Affected employees are certified nursing assistants, care assistants and health unit coordinators.

5. Memorial Hospital and Manor to cut 18 jobs
Bainbridge, Ga.-based Memorial Hospital and Manor officials plan to eliminate 18 employee positions, citing the hospital's need to reduce operating expenses, improve the quality of patient care and increase efficiency and effectiveness at the hospital, according to The Post-Searchlight. The hospital chose to let some employees go and to not fill existing vacancies.

6. Layoffs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock will be less than previously expected
Dartmouth-Hitchcock won't lay off up to 460 employees as originally planned, though some job cuts are still anticipated, according to a New Hampshire Union Leader report. The Lebanon, N.H.-based health system previously announced between 270 and 460 layoffs. But Dartmouth-Hitchcock President and CEO James Weinstein, DO, said in a recent update to staff that the health system is "back on track" with its finances after closing the fiscal year that ended June 30 with an unexpected $12 million deficit., according to the report. Dr. Weinstein said officials don't have an exact count on the number of layoffs, which will be announced later this month, according to the report.

7. Summa Health lays off undisclosed number of employees
Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health said Wednesday it has laid off an unspecified number of employees, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The health system confirmed the layoffs to the publication, but did not specify when the layoffs occurred, the number of employees affected or whether more employees could be laid off.

8. Theranos to shutter blood-testing sites, cutting 340 jobs
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Theranos plans to close its blood-testing facilities, resulting in layoffs for more than 40 percent of its workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a statement posted on the Theranos website late Wednesday, company founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes said the blood testing startup will close clinical labs and Theranos Wellness Centers, which will impact approximately 340 employees in Arizona, California and Pennsylvania. 

9. UC Irvine Health to lay off 175 and reduce costs
University of California, Irvine Health in Orange is laying off 175 employees to reduce costs, reports Orange County Register. Approximately 20 percent of the affected employees are supervisors and higher-ups, according to the article. However, the layoffs do not include physicians or faculty. In addition to the layoffs, UC Irvine Health has cut 79 vacant positions, John Murray, a UC Irvine Health spokesman, said in the report.


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