Summa Health lays off undisclosed number of employees

Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health said Wednesday it has laid off an unspecified number of employees, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

The health system confirmed the layoffs to the publication, but did not specify when the layoffs occurred, the number of employees affected or whether more employees could be laid off.

"The reality is, as the delivery of healthcare continues to evolve, we continue to see changes to the staffing levels of healthcare organizations across the nation and throughout northeast Ohio," Summa Health spokesman Mike Bernstein said in an email to the Akron Beacon Journal.

As Summa Health shifts from fee-for-service to value-based care, "we must sometimes make difficult decisions that are ultimately in the best interests of the people we serve," he said. "By doing so we are able to remain focused on aligning patients with total health, empowering decision making and continuously striving for new and better health solutions across the continuum of care."

The layoff news comes months after the health system revealed plans to add $350 million in upgrades and expansion work.

Mr. Bernstein said the layoffs will not affect those plans, according to the report.


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