Philadelphia- Area Health System to Layoff Hundreds
Jefferson Health, the second largest employer in the city of Philadelphia, announced that it plans to lay off 400 employees this week. The healthcare system owns and operates numerous hospitals and healthcare offices across Philadelphia and surrounding counties. While it is unclear which facilities will be impacted, the cuts will be focused in the corporate and administrative areas.
Jefferson CEO Joseph Cacchione said in a statement,” Over the past few months, we have been thoughtfully and comprehensively evaluating our operations to ensure that our services meet the evolving needs of our patients, students, members and communities in this new era of healthcare and higher education. This week, we made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce by approximately 1%.”
Cacchione also noted incredible financial pressures faced by healthcare providers and higher education organizations nation-wide. In addition to layoffs, elimination of numerous vacant positions, and other cost- saving measures, the health system plans to save an estimated $300 million per year. The company currently employs over 40,000 employees and operates 18 hospitals.
Jefferson anticipated to end this year with a total loss of $80 million.
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