Yet the similar reasons behind them – decreased reimbursements and patient volumes – reflect the ongoing challenges for the hospital system. In a statement, the company cited “declining volume and reductions in funding and receipt of payment from the state's Medicaid program” as necessitating the move.
Solares said no particular position was singled out, and did not provide a breakdown of how many jobs were eliminated from each hospital. The statement said the positions were based at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago; West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park; and its main office.
Vanguard also owns two other facilities in the region: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, and Westlake Hospital, Melrose Park.
She declined to comment on whether any further staff reductions are planned for this year.
“We are dedicated to growing and investing in our facilities and finding innovative solutions that will position us well for the future of health care while staying true to our mission of helping people achieve health for life,” the statement said.