Next month would be when the system begins notifying employees of their job status. Marino said it's too early in the process to say how many positions or which ones would be eliminated or which departments would be affected the most. Compared to 2010, Marino said MetroHealth has seen an 8% spike in uninsured patient visits, putting them on pace to have 217,000 cases in 2011.
Administrators made the decision to eliminate jobs last week, Marino said. It's unclear how much money MetroHealth would save by the layoffs, meaning there could be additional cost reductions to make up for the $30 million gap, she added. The system employs 6,500 and the maximum 450 jobs MetroHealth could cut would represent 7.4% of the workforce.
Last month, MetroHealth officials said the system would suffer a $6.3 million operating loss this year and needed a short-term plan that included a hiring freeze, which would keep staffing at levels seen in 2009. That's after three straight years of positive statements, MetroHealth said.