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Breaking News: New Layoffs At BMC

Boston Medical Center just released this statement:

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER CUTS JOBS AS PART OF EFFICIENCY PUSH

Boston Medical Center (BMC) announced today that it has made a reduction in force of 119 people, including 44 nurses and 30 management staff. Another 40 employees will see their hours reduced. The hospital has a total work force of almost 6,000 people, more than 1,500 of whom are nurses. (Read the letters from BMC to SEIU1199, the union representing nurses and other laid off workers.)

“The hospital is projected to lose $175 million this year due to dramatic changes in Medicaid reimbursements,” said Tom Traylor, BMC’s vice president of federal, state and programs. “We have been talking to the staff about this new reality for well over a year, and have been working to assess and increase efficiency in every corner of the hospital. We have been consulting with outside experts to study the efficiency of delivery of patient care, and they found very little excess capacity particularly in terms of hospital staffing levels. This layoff is one necessary element of addressing the hospital’s financial situation.”

Employees were notified on Friday, Sept.10. The layoffs are effective Oct. 1. Those notified include 30 members of management, 44 registered nurses, 4 LPNs and a variety of administrative positions.