Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, N.Y., said it would cut 400 positions, including 190 jobs that will be eliminated by closing its skilled-nursing home, the Taylor Care Center, in April. The measures are part of a roughly $40 million cost-cutting plan approved by the medical centers directors to offset cuts from Medicaid and New York state, said Gary Brudnicki, the 635-bed hospitals chief financial and chief operating officer.
Further proposed reductions to New Yorks healthcare spending by Gov. David Paterson may trim another $32 million from Westchesters 2009 budget, and the medical centers officials expect to again revise the hospitals budget in April, Brudnicki said.
Job cuts wont affect nurses providing patient care, but one-quarter of executive and management positions will be eliminated, according to a medical center news release announcing the cuts. Westchester Medical Center received state approval to close Taylor Care Center, which has scaled back capacity in recent years. Financially, operating the Taylor Care Center is no longer feasible, said Michael Israel, Westchesters president and chief executive officer, in the release. Taylor downsized its beds in 2007 as part of New Yorks effort to wipe out excess nursing home capacity and won state approval a year later to scale back capacity even further.