Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, N.Y., is planning a second round of layoffs throughout all departments of the 990-bed hospital in order to save $16.5 million in salaries and benefits. Officials did not say how many jobs would be lost, but 100 positions were eliminated in March to save $8 million in salaries and benefits. The hospital, which lost $64 million in 2002, is expecting a deficit of $30 million this year. A hospital spokeswoman said continuing losses reflect factors beyond the hospital's control, such as state mandates and changes in reimbursements, increased contributions to the state pension plan, increasing malpractice insurance costs and a change in outlier payments. Layoff notices will be given in the next two weeks. Modern Healthcare's cover story this week discussed the burden pension deficits are adding to hospital finances. Read our cover story. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. hospital plans layoffs after $30 million deficit
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