Baystate Health to lay off employees, cuts hours for workers, eliminate open jobs: 6 things to know

Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health will lay off 24 employees, cut hours for another 17 workers and not fill 45 open positions, according to a MassLive report.

Here are six things to know about the workforce changes, from the report.

1. The workforce changes are a way for Baystate Health to close a $22 million budget shortfall. Baystate Health attributed the shortfall to the fact that its reimbursements for providing Medicaid services fall short of its costs, typically between 70 and 80 cents on the dollar.

2. Jobs affected by the workforce changes are all based in Springfield and almost entirely at Baystate Medical Center, according to system spokesman Ben Craft.

3. The eliminated jobs do not include bedside nurses or physicians, but do include clinical support and administrative jobs and 10 management positions.

4. The employees to be laid off were notified that their jobs will end in 30 days.

5. Baystate Health said it will work to help affected employees find new opportunities, either within or outside of Baystate Health.

6. Affected employees will receive severance pay and extension of benefits in accordance with their tenure of service and job placement assistance.

 

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