PITTSBURGH-Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has rebounded from a $13.4 million loss two years ago with a $12.1 million gain in fiscal 1999. At the hospital's annual meeting late last month, President Ronald Violi said the turnaround marked the hospital's first profit in 10 years. He attributed the turnaround to better contracts with insurers, higher patient admissions and tighter spending controls. Two years ago Children's recorded losses of $21.1 million in patient-care operations. Violi replaced former President Paul Kramer, and the hospital considered merging with UPMC Health System. Charitable contributions and investment income made up for some of those losses, but the deficit stood at $13.4 million. Violi said revenues from patient care rose 23% from 1997 and 9% from last year.
FARMINGTON, Conn.-The financially troubled University of Connecticut Health Center will eliminate as many as 160 positions before the end of the year, school officials announced late last month. The cutback announcement came a day after UConn President Philip Austin said the health center must reduce staff and services because of a $14 million budget deficit. The cuts will be announced in stages and are expected to start this month, said Peter Deckers, dean of the UConn School of Medicine. He said efforts will be made to keep job loss at a minimum through attrition. The health center currently employs about 4,000 people. Deckers said the cuts will reach all levels of employees, including management. The center includes John Dempsey Hospital and its outpatient practice, the University Medical Group, as well as the UConn School of Medicine, the UConn School of Dental Medicine and central administration. "Patient care will not be diminished by these changes," Deckers said. But Raymond Gorman, commissioner of the state's Office of Health Care Access, said regulators are reviewing UConn's plans, saying layoffs could threaten patient care and violate state law.