Metrohealth to Lay Off 270

Cleveland’s Metrohealth Medical Center today announced it’s laying off 270 people as part of its reorganization and restructuring plan.

The layoff are in addition to 130 positions it will leave unfilled.

The hospital says Financial results for Metrohealth’s first quarter of this year were break-even, which prevents it from making the necessary investments to grow and compete.

Also, hospital administrators expect an increasing number of uninsured patients and lower reimbursements, and so must reduce costs. They say the changes involve mostly administrative and support positions, and will have no impact on direct patient care.

In a message to employees, president and CEO Mark Moran said "Ultimately, we believe these changes will strengthen our position as Cuyahoga County’s safety net hospital."

Workers who lose their jobs will receive two weeks severance pay and health benefits through the end of May.

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