Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, has eliminated 16 senior management positions as part of an overall restructuring to refocus the provider on four geographic areas and five clinical service lines.
An internal memo to employees provided by the system said the changes come in response to accelerating environmental pressures, though it did not make specific reference to the recession or individual financial challenges.
The layoffs include eight people in executive-level and C-suite positions. These changes are strategically driven and focused exclusively on the administrative and overhead structures of our system. I want to emphasize that none of the changes we are announcing today will impact direct patient caregivers, President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Wolterman said in a memo to employees.
Word of the changes came the day after Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb., announced Jan. 21 it was laying off 47 executives and managers as part of a top-to-bottom cost-cutting measure that will eliminate hundreds of jobs by early next month. Alegent officials said the executive eliminations alone will save more than $6 million.