The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago plans to pare its workforce by 200 positions as part of a plan to reduce costs by $25 million by the end of its fiscal year, July 31, 2009.
Were taking thoughtful and deliberate action now to avoid tougher decisions later, spokeswoman Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez said.
The 456-bed, state-owned hospital hopes to accomplish the majority of the staff reduction by attrition and in nonclinical areas, McGinnis Gonzalez said, accounting for about 6% of its workforce and achieving $14 million of the planned belt-tightening. The plan also targets another $11 million in savings to be achieved in supplies and services, again focusing on areas that wont affect patient care, she said.
The Illinois medical center is among many throughout the country planning mass layoffs (See Cutting back, Nov. 24, p. 14). In a survey of more than 700 hospitals in late October and early November, 53% said they were considering workforce reductions in response to the financial downturn, the American Hospital Association reported Nov. 19. -- by Gregg Blesch