MedStar Washington Hospital Center is laying off 100 employees in an attempt to cure its budget woes. The cut that will shrink its workforce by slightly under 2%.
The D.C.-based hospital's president, John Sullivan, wrote in a June 2 email to employees that the layoffs were due to a "financially challenging" fiscal year.
The not-for-profit hospital—part of the $5 billion, Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health—faces budget shortages stemming from a national nursing shortage and "inflationary pressures" on pharmaceutical and medical supply costs. MedStar also has had to hire new employees to staff a new sepsis response team, behavioral emergency response team and other recent investments, which contributed to the layoffs.
Managers and nonmanagement workers will all be affected by the decision.
"We greatly appreciate the service and dedication all our associates give to our patient-first mission, and we are doing everything we can to help those affected find other positions within our own hospital and within MedStar Health," the hospital said in a statement.