An American Hospital Association spokesman said last week that the AHA anticipates staff reductions in its Chicago office stemming from its upcoming move into a new building.
However, the exact level of cuts won't be known for several weeks, the spokesman said.
After months of study, speculation and negotiations, the AHA is relocating its Chicago headquarters into a new office building in the city's downtown Loop area from its historic two-building complex on the Near North Side. The move, along with a similar one for the AHA's Washington office, is set for mid-August (June 6, p. 4).
The AHA will lease about 150,000 square feet of office space in the new Chicago building, which is nearly half the 285,000 square feet it occupies at its current site. The AHA employs about 475 people in its Chicago office.
Several AHA sources in Chicago said they expect as many as 100 positions to be eliminated, primarily in support services, such as housekeeping, maintenance and security. Many of those services already are offered in the new building as part of the lease agreement.
Richard Wade, the AHA's senior vice president for communications, said some staff reductions are likely, but the extent of the cuts and jobs to be eliminated haven't been determined. He said such decisions would be made by early next month.