10 Recent Hospital and Health System Layoffs

The following 10 hospital and health system layoffs and workforce reductions were covered by Becker's Hospital Review in the last three weeks. They are listed below by the number of employees and/or positions affected.


1. Sound Shore Health System to Lay Off Nearly 2,000
Sound Shore Health System in New Rochelle, N.Y., which filed for bankruptcy in May, plans to lay off 1,993 employees. The system notified the New York State Labor Department of its layoff plans. The cuts will affect employees at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon (N.Y.) Hospital, the Helen and Michael Schaffer Extended Care Center in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon Housing Corp. in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle Sound Shore Housing.

2. Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn Sends Layoff Notices to All 1,544 Employees
Financially beleaguered Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., sent layoff notices to all 1,544 of its employees and asked a bankruptcy court to approve its closing. A hearing on the closing of the hospital will be held Aug. 15.

3. Denver Health to Slash 300 Jobs
Denver Health will cut roughly 300 jobs in the next year through layoffs, attrition and reduction in new hires. In all, the workforce reduction will shrink Denver Health's workforce by 5 percent.

4. Vanderbilt University Medical Center Braces for More Staff, Budget Cuts
Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently cut more than 300 members from its staff, and further budget and staff cuts are on their way at VUMC. VUMC officials have set a goal of saving $100 million in its new fiscal year, and an additional $150 million in the following fiscal year. These cost savings will be achieved through cutting costs in areas like supplies, facilities and contract improvements, and also through labor cuts like offering early retirement, leaving vacant positions empty, implementing a hiring freeze and instituting layoffs.

5. Baptist Health in Arkansas to Lay Off 170
Little Rock, Ark.-based Baptist Health laid off 170 employees. The system cited lower reimbursement, increasing charity care and bad debt as the reasons for the cuts.

6. Danbury, New Milford Hospitals Cut 116 Jobs
Danbury (Conn.) Hospital and New Milford (Conn.) Hospital's parent network, Western Connecticut Health Network, cut 116 jobs, resulting in 65 layoffs.

7. Excela Health to Lay Off 78
Greensburg, Pa.-based Excela Health is laying off 78 and leaving an additional 58 positions empty. Excela attributed the workforce reduction to lower patient volumes and revenue.

8. St. Joseph Health to Lay Off 37
Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health plans to lay off 37 employees across two hospitals. The layoffs will affect 26 employees at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial Hospital and 11 employees at Petaluma (Calif.) Valley Hospital.

9. Blue Mountain Health System Lays Off 16
Blue Mountain Health System, a two-hospital system with campuses in Palmerton, Pa., and Lehighton, Pa., laid off 16 employees and eliminated 13 empty positions. Additionally, the system cut the hours of seven employees, and senior management and department directors took a pay cut.

10. Providence St. Peter Hospital Cuts Number of Licensed Practical Nurses
Olympia, Wash.-based Providence St. Peter Hospital is laying off nine licensed practical nurses. The layoffs are part of an internal restructuring at the hospital. Officials decided a registered nurse with a certified nursing assistant could handle patient care in certain units.

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