Declining inpatient admissions are forcing University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center to eliminate 180 full-time-equivalent employees, or about 8% of the 2,200 people who work at the hospital, executives said last week.
Clerical, administrative and medical technician jobs will be the first to be eliminated. However, the academic medical center said the majority of the displaced employees will be offered jobs elsewhere at the university through an "in-placement" program.
"We're doing this in anticipation of what our projections show rather than what the past is," said Sidney Mitchell, director of the hospital. UIC's inpatient admissions are expected to drop 6% from 110,000 in fiscal 1996, which ended June 30, to 103,000 in fiscal 1997.
Mitchell said managed-care penetration is likely to further affect the hospital. "As our hospital activity changes, we will adjust to be more competitive," he added.
Reductions in nursing jobs are possible in the future. However, a medical center spokesman said the university couldn't comment because of current negotiations with the nurses union, the Illinois Nurses Association.