Hennepin County Medical Center to cut 131 full-time jobs

Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center will cut the equivalent of 131 full-time jobs through layoffs, according to the Star Tribune.

The layoffs, which will occur in mid-March, represent about 2 percent of the hospital's staff of 6,000 full-time equivalent positions, according to the report.

The cutbacks have been in the works for months, and the number of positions the hospital is eliminating has decreased over time. In late 2016, HCMC officials said the hospital would eliminate up to 275 full-time positions this year to balance its budget. In December, HCMC CEO Jon Pryor, MD, said the hospital's expenses outpaced its income by $11 million in 2016. The loss was attributable, in part, to HCMC serving a high number of uninsured and low-income patients.

"We've worked hard to minimize the loss of jobs, but we recognize that this is a difficult time for those who are losing their employment, and for their families and colleagues," Dr. Pryor said in a statement to the Star Tribune. "We have done our best to ensure that the reduction in force has been done in an equitable and respectful way."

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