Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, Colo., plans to eliminate 160 positions, a move described as necessary to match its workforce to declining patient volume. The positions, about a third of which are management or otherwise nonclinical, represent about 6.5% of the workforce, according to an Exempla news release. “We are experiencing fewer patient admissions, increases in the number of uninsured and underinsured patients, and rising costs,” President and CEO Grant Wicklund said in the release, describing the decision as “difficult but essential.” The job cuts are part of a broader plan—which also includes physician partnerships and development of core service lines—to cope with the weak economy and the demands of healthcare reform, according to the release. The 376-bed hospital is part of not-for-profit Exempla Healthcare, a two-hospital system based in Denver and sponsored by Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Lenexa, Kan. Lutheran Medical Center finished 2009 with $7.8 million in income on $597.8 million in revenue.
Late News: Exempla Lutheran calls plans to cut 160 jobs 'essential'
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