The American Hospital Association is laying off 54 employees whose physical plant services won't be needed at its new headquarters in Chicago.
The support positions terminated include those in housekeeping, food service, engineering, building main-tenance and security services.
Most of the layoffs will be effective Sept. 30, but some of the terminated employees will stay on through the end of the year, when the last of the tenants move out of the AHA's historic two-building complex on Chicago's Near North Side. One tenant is the American College of Healthcare Executives (See related story, p. 11).
The AHA is negotiating to sell the building complex (June 6, p. 4).
The AHA itself is moving to its new headquarters on Sept. 16. It will occupy about 150,000 square feet of office space in a 36-story office building located at 1 N. Franklin St. in Chicago's downtown area.
The support functions provided by the terminated employees at the old site will be provided to the AHA by the operators of the new building under the association's lease agreement.
The latest staff cuts will pare the AHA's Chicago work force to about 500 people. When the AHA began its internal restructuring program in 1992, the association's Chicago office employed more than 800 people. The AHA has reduced its work force through layoffs, attrition and transfer of jobs to its Washington office.