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HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2013

These budget cuts and layoffs aren't holding back hospitals and health systems from making investments in other areas, such as mergers and acquisitions or facility upgrades. At the same time that Cleveland Clinic is cutting $330 million, it has formed a tentative deal with Community Health Systems to acquire Akron General Health System.

As the Clinic's spokesperson told the Akron Beacon Journal, "This can't all be about cost-cutting. We have to grow."

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3 comments on "HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses"


Charles M (9/25/2013 at 4:45 PM)
Not much meat at all in the article to back up the opinionated headline and first paragraph. Not HealthLeaders typical excellent reporting. Disappointed.

Tom Gee (9/24/2013 at 4:40 PM)
I can't speak for a Cleveland Clinic or Vanderbilt which may definitely be reorganizing their large organizations, but as a small rural hospital that has recently laid off staff, we are doing so as a direct result of the cuts included in the Affordable Care Act and the Sequestration cuts under the budget deficit fiasco. In our system there are definitely the haves and have nots and rural hospitals are in a very vulnerable postion due these cuts. Threats by our state and others to not implement the expanded Medicaid or unisured benefits of the Affordable Care Act create even more uncertainty.

bettynoyes (9/23/2013 at 5:23 PM)
Whatever happens, for whatever reasons, what holds the key to success in quality, safety, and costs, is the front line managers ability to communicate and manage the complex change with their staff. Giving them the skills will reap benefits!