Maine health system to cut employees: 5 things to know

Biddeford-based Southern Maine Health Care plans to lay off 18 employees this week, a hospital official said, according to a report from The Journal Tribune report.

Here are five things to know about the layoffs.

1. The layoffs represent less than 1 percent of the organization's total workforce.

2. Employees affected by the layoffs are in administrative or management roles, including three employees at the hospital's Sanford, Maine, campus, as well as others at locations across York County, Maine, according to Sue Hadiaris, senior vice president and chief planning officer of SMHC.

3. The number of affected employees was 18 as of Feb. 2. However, that number isn't concrete and could decrease this week, Ms. Hadiaris told The Journal Tribune.

4. Ms. Hadiaris said SMHC is implementing the layoffs to adjust its annual operating budget, which is currently about $260 million, and make sure the organization is able to meet the needs of the communities it serves, according to the report.

5. SMHC plans to work with affected employees on finding similar positions within SMHC or Portland-based MaineHealth.


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