PITTSBURGH-St. Francis Health System has cut 125 jobs in its first-ever workforce reduction involving layoffs. The four-hospital system lost $17 million during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1999. No other figures were available. About one-third of the affected workers will be moved to other positions. The job reduction applies to about 3% of the system's employees.
COATESVILLE, Pa.-Brandywine Hospital said it has replaced three top administrators, including President James Thornton Jr., 54, and is laying off 50 people to try to stem financial losses. Marion McGowan, 40, was named to replace Thornton, who was fired late last year. Officials at the 178-bed hospital said that they expect to save $2 million through job reductions in the current fiscal year.
WALL, N.J.-Meridian Health System announced earlier this month what it called "a major downsizing," citing the same host of financial pressures plaguing other New Jersey hospitals. Meridian, the not-for-profit parent company of three eastern New Jersey hospitals, said it is eliminating 450 jobs, including 275 already vacant because of hiring restrictions imposed last year. Meridian operates Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, both in Monmouth County, along with the Medical Center of Ocean County's two divisions, in Brick Township and Point Pleasant. Meridian said in a prepared statement that more than half the job cuts relate to its state-approved plan to convert the Point Pleasant division from an acute-care hospital into a nursing home and 24-hour urgent-care clinic.