UT South­west­ern, Johns Hop­kins to cut more than 500 po­si­tions

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Two hos­pi­tals with strong aca­demic ties, Univer­sity of Texas South­west­ern Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Dal­las, and Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal, Bal­ti­more, an­nounced staffing cuts. UT South­west­ern is cut­ting 350 po­si­tions—with about 250 of them al­ready va­cant—in re­sponse to state bud­get cuts that will re­duce state sup­port for the cen­ter by about $31 mil­lion a year, ac­cord­ing to its pres­i­dent, Dr. Daniel Podol­sky. In a letter to the UT South­west­ern Med­i­cal Cen­ter com­mu­nity, Podol­sky wrote that “Since salary ex­penses con­sti­tute the largest por­tion of our to­tal bud­get, we could not ex­pect to ac­com­plish the $31 mil­lion re­duc­tion with­out some re­duc­tions in cur­rent po­si­tions.” A freeze on salaries for man­age­ment above a cer­tain level also was put in place. At Johns Hop­kins, it is the use of an elec­tronic health-record sys­tem that will cost 160 cler­i­cal jobs by year-end, but the tech­nol­ogy al­ready is cre­at­ing other, bet­ter-pay­ing po­si­tions, a hos­pi­tal spokesman said. Johns Hop­kins is as­sist­ing its “cler­i­cal as­so­ciates” to tran­si­tion to the dig­i­tal age as it elim­i­nates those po­si­tions, which are re­lated to or­der tran­scrip­tion and pa­per record main­te­nance, the hos­pi­tal has an­nounced. The ac­tions come amid sim­i­lar staff-cut­ting by other hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems (June 27, p. 6).

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