Jackson Memorial to layoff over 1,000 workers
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A major South Florida hospital has announced a significant number of layoffs to save the health care system millions of dollars.
More than 1,000 people will lose their jobs at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the end April in an effort to help reduce costs.
Jackson Health System's President and CEO Carlos Migoya made the cuts official at a press conference Tuesday. "This is not about a profit and loss, this is about efficiency," he said. "What we're looking to do at this point is right-sizing the organization, so we have the right number of employees for the kind of volumes that we have."
In total, 920 layoffs are coming and 195 positions have been eliminated, equaling 1,115 jobs or 10 percent of Jackson's staff. Jackson officials said the cuts made come at a savings of $69 million, including benefits.
Those facing the cuts include general and clinical employees. According to Migoya, nurses will also be affected by the layoffs. Doctors at JMH reacted to the announcement. "It's a bad situation they're in," said trauma surgeon Dr. Howard Lieberman. "We've been losing money for years now, and we try to take care of everyone, insurance, no insurance. It doesn't matter how sick you are, who you are, we take care of everyone here, and something has to give."
Workers at JMH say they are already cut to the core doing more with less when lives are on the line. "We see it every day, if there's not enough nurses to care for the people in the hospital it's very noticeable," said JMH resident Dr. Morgan Peterson.
"The way we're working, I know the division I'm part of, we work non-stop, around the clock and we'll keep on working as hard as we can to provide ongoing service," said Dr. Lieberman.
Respiratory therapist Marie Jules said she will move on if she is handed a pink slip. "Jackson is not the end of the world for me, and if they lay me off, I'll find another job," she said.
Migoya assured that the cuts will not affect the service at JMH. "The fact is is that having these reductions that we're talking about will not have any impact on any service lines," he said. "We will continue to have every service line that we currently have and are not closing any service lines in the hospital."
The health care system has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year, even more so with the opening of the new trauma center in Miami.
JMH is going to offer 300-350 part-time positions with benefits. Some of the workers who will be laid off will have a first shot at those positions.
In a statement, SEIU union president Martha Baker said: "We are appalled with today's announcement of massive layoffs at Jackson. This is what you get when you hire a billionaire banker and then cut him loose to take a chainsaw to healthcare in Miami-Dade County. It's unbelievable that he wouldn't consult the nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals- who have sacrificed out of their pockets to keep Jackson afloat- about how his plan to 'right size' the system might harm patient care. We have no idea how Mr. Migoya thinks patient care can be maintained with such drastic cuts to frontline caregivers."
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