The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has eliminated 79 positions at its Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., headquarters as part of a larger restructuring.
Of those jobs, 60 were budgeted positions that were never filled. Nineteen employees were laid off.
After the layoffs, the Joint Commission has 572 employees at its headquarters. Another 74 people are employed by Joint Commission Resources, its consulting group.
The Joint Commission employs another 634 surveyors, who work part- time or full-time in various locations outside headquarters.
The restructuring that resulted in the staff reductions created three operating units: evaluation and accreditation; consultation and education; and research.
Also as part of the restructuring, Karen Timmons, the JCAHO's executive vice president of support operations, will become chief executive officer of Joint Commission Resources.
Tina Donahue, who had been CEO of the consulting subsidiary, is resigning at the end of October.
All managers of education, publication and survey readiness activities will report to Timmons.
The Joint Commission's 1998 financial results won't be released until next month, when the organization files its annual Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. In 1997, the JCAHO turned a $2.7 million profit on total revenues of $102.4 million.