Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

HCMC plans to cut staff in 2017


Hennepin County Medical Center, responding to reports of potential layoffs at the metro area’s only public hospital, issued a statement late Wednesday saying employees were told there will be “workforce reductions” in 2017.

“While we have continued to see an increase in patient volume this year, as we finalize the 2017 financial plan it is clear that the increasing cost of salaries, wages, and benefits and the rising cost of supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals, together with public program reimbursements that are less than the cost of providing care, are contributing to the financial challenge,” the statement said.

“We expect to know the scope of the changes by mid-to-late January and fully implement them by the end of March. Our system provides many critical services to this community and we are taking these steps to be able to continue to provide them in the future,” it said.


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