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Job cuts likely at Cleveland Clinic

Job cuts likely at Cleveland Clinic

(Cleveland) – It looks like Cleveland Clinic will be trimming its job force.

A conference call was held Wednesday morning with employees explaining that changes in health care may lead to the elimination of jobs.

Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 they have determined that $330,000,000 needs to be trimmed from the budget.

But before any staff cuts are made, Shiel says Cleveland Clinic will look at any non-personnel options before people are laid off.

But with 60% of the Cleveland Clinic budget being labor, at least some cuts are likely. Sheil says they would begin with people who are eligible for retirement or would be willing to take a buy-out.

3,000 employees have already been identified as being eligible for early retirement. They’ll be getting packages soon explaining their options.

The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement:

“To prepare for healthcare reform, Cleveland Clinic is transforming the way care is delivered to patients. Over the past several years, we have had an ongoing focus on driving efficiencies, lowering costs, reducing duplication in services and enhancing quality to make healthcare affordable to patients.

Although we have made progress, we need to further reduce costs to the organization by $330 million in 2014.  We are carefully evaluating all aspects of our system to accomplish this. Some of the initiatives include offering early retirement to 3,000 eligible employees, reducing operational costs, stricter review of filling vacant positions, and lastly workforce reductions.

Through these changing times, we are focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.”

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