CHICAGO—The county-run healthcare system in the Chicago area is notifying 335 employees they will lose their jobs as part of a comprehensive effort to balance staffing with services. 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, the jail health services and an HIV/AIDS clinic.
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MAYVILLE, N.D.—The board of directors for Union Hospital, an independent, 111-year-old, 18-bed facility voted to merge with the Fargo, N.D.-based MeritCare Health System, which owns one hospital and contract manages four others, effective Jan. 1, 2010. Concurrently, MeritCare is working on merging with Sanford Health—a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based 13-hospital system that contract manages 10 other facilities—which is currently working on a $3.3 million deal of its own to buy Sanford Jackson (Minn.) Medical Center, a 20-bed hospital it has been leasing since 1997. A news release said the merger negotiations with Sanford “were not a factor” in MeritCare’s deal with Union Hospital. The release also said that the hospital will be renamed MeritCare Mayville Union Medical Center and everyone on its 59-person staff will keep their jobs and become MeritCare employees. This includes Mayville Union CEO and Administrator Roger Baier, who will continue to run the hospital, said MeritCare spokesman Darren Huber, who added that there is no price tag attached to the deal. “There is no money changing hands with the merger,” Huber said, though he added that MeritCare will be making long-term “investments in the facility” in Mayville. Huber also said that the merger with Sanford is “still on track,” and the deal is expected to close either at the end of October or the beginning of November.
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