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Vanguard cutting 60 jobs at Chicago-area facilities

By Beth Kutscher
Posted: April 19, 2012 - 2:45 pm ET

Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville, is eliminating 60 positions at its Chicago-area hospitals.

The layoffs represent less than 2% of its roughly 6,000-employee workforce in the city, said Olga Solares, regional vice president of marketing for Vanguard Health Chicago.

Solares noted that this latest round of layoffs is separate from the roughly 100 jobs that were cut in December. “The changes that took place this week were changes that we needed to make during this fiscal year,” she said.

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Yet the similar reasons behind them – decreased reimbursements and patient volumes – reflect the ongoing challenges for the hospital system. In a statement, the company cited “declining volume and reductions in funding and receipt of payment from the state's Medicaid program” as necessitating the move.

Solares said no particular position was singled out, and did not provide a breakdown of how many jobs were eliminated from each hospital. The statement said the positions were based at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago; West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park; and its main office.

Vanguard also owns two other facilities in the region: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, and Westlake Hospital, Melrose Park.

She declined to comment on whether any further staff reductions are planned for this year.

“We are dedicated to growing and investing in our facilities and finding innovative solutions that will position us well for the future of health care while staying true to our mission of helping people achieve health for life,” the statement said.

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