The county-run healthcare system in the Chicago area is notifying 335 employees that they will lose their jobs as part of a comprehensive effort to balance staffing with services.
Cook County system laying off 335 employees
The cuts, which also include the elimination of nearly 700 vacant positions, are guided by a review conducted by Navigant Consulting. One phase is taking place in fiscal 2009, which ends Nov. 30, with a second round planned for 2010. The reductions ultimately are expected to save Cook County Health & Hospitals System $60 million a year. The requested fiscal 2010 budget is $887 million.
“This is a rebalancing effort to make sure that we have the right amount of people in the right place at the right time to make sure our patients are getting the quality of care they need,” CEO William Foley said in a news release. Foley took over in May and was hired by an independent board established in 2008 to run the system.
Most of the job cuts will be in support services, according to the release, although direct-care positions will be eliminated where they're no longer needed to serve the patient population. The system includes three hospitals, a public health department, 16 community health clinics, jail health services and an HIV/AIDS clinic.
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