UC Irvine Health to lay off 175 and reduce costs: 5 things to know

University of California, Irvine Health in Orange is laying off 175 employees to reduce costs, reports Orange County Register.

Here are five things to know about the layoffs.

1. UC Irvine Health began the layoffs Monday.

2. Approximately 20 percent of the affected employees are supervisors and higher-ups, according to the article. However, the layoffs do not include physicians or faculty.

3. In addition to the layoffs, UC Irvine Health has cut 79 vacant positions, John Murray, a UC Irvine Health spokesman, said in the report.

4. In an email to staff, Howard Federoff, vice chancellor of health affairs and CEO of UC Irvine Health, said the layoffs are an effort to reduce costs. "We have reduced expenses, improved efficiencies and increased revenue by growing our clinical services — but it has not been enough to avoid reductions in staff," he wrote. "Without immediate action, our expenses will exceed our operating revenue this fiscal year."

He said the layoffs "will secure long-term stability for UC Irvine Health, our patients and the communities we serve."

5. University officials hope the cuts, along with other moves, will save the university $40 million for the remainder of this fiscal year that ends June 30, and another $100 million in fiscal year 2018, Mr. Murray said, according to the report.


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