NYC Health + Hospitals cuts 35 jobs in cost-savings move

New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals eliminated 35 positions as part of an overall plan to reduce administrative costs.

In a March 9 letter, President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD, told staff the eliminated positions are central office administrative jobs at every level. The move does not affect clinical positions.

"These staff reductions are not about identifying waste or excess, and do not reflect on performance by any individual. In fact, the elimination of these positions will require our central office teams to rethink, reprioritize, and focus on the functions that are the most needed by our health system and our patient care operation," Dr. Katz wrote.

NYC Health + Hospitals revealed Feb. 28 during a New York City Council meeting it was continuing efforts to reduce administrative costs. At the time, the public health system said it had eliminated various consultant contracts in recent months, with $16 million in estimated savings. Dr. Katz said at the hearing the system should only use outside consultants for "specific highly specialized questions," but should otherwise focus resources on the organization's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other support staff. He also said at last month's hearing the system had already cut administrative positions to save $62 million and would cut more administrative jobs in the near future.

NYC Health + Hospitals estimates savings of more than $4.5 million by eliminating the 35 central office administrative jobs. Affected employees will be able to access the system's post employment resources to help find other job opportunities.

 

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