The ongoing restructuring at Samaritan Health System in Phoenix, Ariz., continues following the layoffs of 21 employees at Samaritan AirEvac, the system's emergency air medical transportation service.
Samaritan executives also confirmed that it will close the system's Poison Control Center in the first three months of this year. That step will eliminate 10 additional staff positions. Administrative and nursing personnel are affected by the layoffs at both departments.
Late last year, Samaritan began its internal restructuring by laying off 30 administrative employees at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (Dec. 13, 1993, p. 28). Executives said the restructuring, which will continue during the next several weeks, already has saved Samaritan about $6.1 million. Samaritan Health System is Arizona's largest healthcare system, employing 3,300 people.