Shriners Hospitals for Children cuts 10% of staff at Washington facility

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane, Wash., is cutting its workforce by about 10 percent as it transitions to an outpatient-focused micro-hospital, according to The Spokesman Review.

Nineteen full-time positions will be affected, with some of the work being outsourced. About 200 people work at the hospital.

The layoffs and transition from a full-service facility will help the hospital cut costs and stay financially nimble, according to Peter Brewer, a hospital administrator.

Shriners — along with most facilities in the U.S. — is seeing a decrease in inpatient admissions as more procedures are done in the outpatient setting.

"Shriners Hospitals for Children is supported by charitable donations,” Brewer said in a news release. "We have a responsibility to ensure these donations are spent in a way that sees the most patients treated with the highest quality care in the most efficient manner."

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