Dartmouth-Hitchcock to lay off up to 460 employees

Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock will lay off between 270 and 460 employees by the end of 2016, according to the Concord Monitor.  

Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees were told Friday about the planned layoffs in a memo from system President and CEO James Weinstein, DO. According to the memo, the system is trying to cut costs after closing the fiscal year that ended June 30 with an unexpected $12 million deficit.

It is unclear which service areas will be affected by the cuts. Dartmouth-Hitchcock will provide more details about its layoff plans in mid-October after a review of its clinical programs.

"Services will be evaluated, not just through the lens of whether they are financially beneficial, but also in terms of how they contribute to our patient care, research and education missions," according to the memo from Dr. Weinstein published by the Valley News.

The health system's workforce is expected to be reduced by 3 to 5 percent. As of June, Dartmouth-Hitchcock had 9,239 workers, according to the Valley News.

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