Chicago safety-net hospital lays off 35 employees

Chicago-based Roseland Community Hospital laid off 35 employees, or about 7 percent of its total staff, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

In addition to the layoffs, the safety-net health facility decreased the pay of nonunion workers.

Hospital President and CEO Tim Egan told the Chicago Tribune both moves were cost-cutting efforts "designed to get us to a sustainable level."

Employees affected by the layoffs were administrative, according to the report. They worked at various levels, including director.

As far as pay, Mr. Egan told the Chicago Tribune he will forgo a salary for 60 to 90 days, and other senior executives will forgo 25 percent of their salary. Pay of other nonunion staff was reduced by 10 percent. Overall, 295 of the hospital's remaining 465 employees are nonunion staff, including physicians and nurses, according to Mr. Egan. The pay cuts do not affect unionized support staff.

The layoffs and reductions in pay of nonunion workers come as Illinois lawmakers work to renegotiate the hospital assessment program that helps provide funding to medical institutions, Mr. Egan said in the report. Depending on future funding, the hospital hopes to add jobs in the future.

 

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