Jackson Health System lays off undisclosed number of Florida employees

Miami-based Jackson Health System laid off an undisclosed number of employees, citing an increase in uninsured patients and other challenges, according to a Miami Herald report.

Health system spokesperson Jennifer Piedra told the Miami Herald in a written statement that the public hospital network is "stronger than ever."

"A very small number of employees in administrative and clinical positions will be affected," she said, "the vast majority of whom will be reassigned to similar duties within the health system or offered early retirement."

Ms. Piedra said she did not reveal reassignment details because most  Jackson Health employees are unionized, and negotiations with unions are expected to begin this summer.

The system attributed the layoffs to not hitting patient admission targets and an increase in the number of uninsured patients.

Jackson Health CEO Carlos Migoya reported in a quarterly financial statement from January that the hospital system has seen "steady volume increases of uninsured patients," according to the Miami Herald. The system also reportedly saw a decline in elective healthcare and other medical services during the holidays, which resulted in a loss of $3.2 million during that period.

Jackson Health has 12,500 full-time employees working at its flagship Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, as well as locations throughout Miami-Dade County.

 

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