NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals elim­i­nates 476 po­si­tions

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Alex Kacik

The na­tion’s largest pub­lic health sys­tem late last week elim­i­nated 476 man­age­ment po­si­tions.

NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals let go 396 man­agers on June 2 and said an­other 80 un­filled po­si­tions will be elim­i­nat- ed. The health sys­tem said 98 em­ploy­ees will have the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to their pre-man­age­ment po­si­tions, if they so choose. The lay­offs come af­ter 70 em­ploy­ees were let go in Fe­bru­ary. The sys­tem has more than 40,000 em­ploy­ees.

In­terim Pres­i­dent and CEO Stanley Brezenoff called the lay­offs “a dif­fi­cult but nec­es­sary ac­tion to help build a stronger, more ag­ile and more sta­ble pub­lic health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem.” He main­tained the re­struc­tur­ing would not af­fect ser­vices, pa­tient care, qual­ity or safety at the health sys­tem.

The cuts are ex­pected to net $60 mil­lion in per­son­nel savings in fis­cal 2018 as NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals tran­si­tions from a “hos­pi­tal-cen­tric” or­ga­ni­za­tion to a sys­tem fo­cused on well­ness, preven­tion and out­pa­tient care, the health sys­tem said.

NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals re­ported a $776 mil­lion op­er­at­ing loss for the first half of fis­cal 2017, which grew by nearly 85% over 2015.

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