The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center laid off 500 workers, joining other healthcare systems that are adjusting to recent economic discomfort. These are difficult times, and we need to remain strong, said UPMC spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz. We are reducing our workforce by 1%, or 500 people. He said the majority of the layoffs at the
50,000-employee system were nonclinical administrative and managerial positions, and all 500 dismissals were done in as respectful a manner as possible. Its been a systemwide effort. This was decided by each individual manager at each facility, he said. All 500 people were notified this week. A written statement released by the company said UPMC officials are prepared to do business in a deteriorating economy and that the layoffs were part of an effort to ensure that our growth in expenses is not outpacing our growth in revenues. A 2008 Modern Healthcare survey ranked UPMC as the nations fourth-largest secular not-for-profit healthcare system, with 18 hospitals.