Detroit Medical Center continues reorganization with layoffs, additional frontline workers: 7 things to know

Detroit Medical Center CEO Tony Tedeschi, MD, recently updated employees on the health system's reorganization plan.

Here are seven updates from DMC.

1. In January, Dr. Tedeschi revealed plans to cut up to 300 jobs amid cost-savings efforts at DMC's parent company, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, and DMC's local market effort to ensure DMC remains a strong healthcare system now and for the future. He said DMC had already eliminated 14 management positions and would make additional job cuts in the coming weeks. He announced those additional job cuts and detailed DMC's reorganization efforts in a March 19 memo to employees.

"We freed up resources for care by reducing administrative costs significantly," wrote Dr. Tedeschi. "We have removed management layers between leadership and frontline care providers to nurture more impactful communication. We have eliminated redundant or unnecessary administrative work to make decision making faster and care delivery simpler."

2. Dr. Tedeschi did not specify the number of job cuts, but said the reorganization efforts will enable DMC to focus even more on care issues such as quality, safety, patient satisfaction and outpatient services.

3. The physician executive also did not specify which DMC departments have been affected. However, Crain's Detroit Business reports unit nursing clerks, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, dietary and food service workers, pharmacy personnel, maintenance and security employees, and social service workers have been laid off in recent months. The publication also states managers have been laid off, and DMC's reorganization plan includes the pharmacy department, human resources and nursing administration.

4. DMC said other reorganization efforts have included hiring 293 nurses, patient care technicians and transition coaches since Jan. 1. Additionally, DMC notes it has 377 job openings listed on its website, including many direct patient care roles.

5. DMC also recently hired Tonita Cheatham as director of communications.

6. Additionally, DMC said it is continuing an ongoing partnership with MedPost Urgent Care, which opened its ninth location in the Detroit area in March 2018. The new Sterling Heights location takes care of patients from Macomb County and the surrounding area.

7. DMC also noted other recent accomplishments, including patient safety honors from the Economic Alliance for Michigan for its Commerce Township-based Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.


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