Missouri system lays off 68 employees, 45 IT contractors

St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare laid off 68 employees and 45 contractors July 11 in its restructuring of IT staff.

The health system attributed the layoffs to financial and other pressures and its goal to remain sustainable in the long term.

"IT must increase focus on strategic priorities and align work and resources in support of these priorities," June Fowler, BJC senior vice president of communications, marketing and public affairs, told Becker's Hospital Review. "Reprioritizing the work toward improved system stability, strengthening of information protection and disciplined execution requires changes in the IT staffing structure."

Fowler said the restructuring would create jobs as well as eliminate some.

The layoffs follow BJC's Epic go-live on June 2 at its academic hospitals and Washington University School of Medicine.

The health system, which had 31,340 employees and 4,350 physicians in 2017, said it is providing transitional support to affected workers..


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