Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Hartford HealthCare moves bring 10 layoffs to Backus

By Judy Benson

Publication: theday.com

Published November 14. 2013 4:00PM   Updated November 15. 2013 12:14AM
System eliminating 179 positions at its affiliates, including Norwich, Windham hospitals

Norwich — About 10 senior and middle management staff at The William W. Backus Hospital are receiving layoff notices this week as part of a reorganization of Hartford HealthCare, the multi-hospital system to which Backus belongs.

Backus spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said Thursday that a total of 20 management staff in the eastern region of Hartford HealthCare are losing their jobs, divided about evenly between Windham and Backus hospitals. Systemwide, about 179 positions are being eliminated from the five acute care hospitals and several affiliated organizations that comprise Hartford HealthCare.

"No patient care positions are being affected," Mawhiney said. "This is about streamlining our regional management team to be more efficient, productive and agile."

Backus affiliated with the Hartford HealthCare system earlier this year. Some of the positions were eliminated due to duplication within the larger system, Mawhiney said.

In addition to the layoffs, there are 17 vacant positions at Windham and Backus that will not be filled. Another eight staff members are leaving due to retirements, resignations or transfers to other posts, he said.

"We're looking at a regional healthcare delivery system, and the leadership and management team has to reflect that," he said.

Backus' current financial situation is strong, Mawhiney said, but Hartford HealthCare's administration saw a need to trim staff "to prepare for changes we're expecting in health care."

The first group of affected staff began learning of the job eliminations on Wednesday, and others were told on Thursday or will learn today. The job cuts are taking effect at various times, Mawhiney said.

None of the jobs being eliminated are part of the unionized workforce, he said.

Earlier this year, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London also announced layoffs and program cuts, attributing them to cuts in Medicare reimbursements, inpatient volume declines and other factors.

j.benson@theday.com

Town News

Visit Zip06
Submit Your:  Submit Your News Submit Your Photos Submit Your Events
Most Recent Poll
As our children crash from Halloween candy overload, we look ahead to the next big holiday: Thanksgiving. What are you looking forward to seeing on your dining room table on the 4th Thursday of November?
Cranberry sauce: Whether it's the home made stuff containing actual cranberries or the reddish jelly shaped like the can it plopped out of, it reminds me of childhood.
9%
Turkey, of course: Turkey slathered in gravy. Turkey with cranberry sauce (see above). Turkey with mashed potatoes on it. Turkey in sandwiches the next day. All I care about is the golden bird.
81%
Latkes: For the first time in 125 years, Thanksgiving falls during Hanukkah so our table will be filled with the best food both holidays have to offer. Happy Thanksgivikkah!
5%
My Thanksgiving has been completely taken over by the ever-earlier Black Friday sales. My big meal will be looking more like a fast food burger in line outside of Best Buy than the traditional sit-down meals from days of ole.
5%
Number of votes: 736

No current items found