BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - IU Health announced Tuesday it will cut 900 jobs, 100 more than originally announced.
In January the hospital started taking steps to save $1 billion over a five year period. So far, those steps haven't been enough.
IU Health announced in September that they would be cutting 800 jobs due to changes in health care. But Tuesday, the organization announced in a letter to employees that they would be cutting 900.
The cuts affect the academic health center, IU Health Ball Memorial, North and Saxony hospitals and in System Services.
"This regrettable action is necessary if IU Health is to continue providing the nationally recognized care that our patients have come to expect from us," IU Health President and CEO Dan Evans said in the letter.
The employees whose jobs were cut were given a 60-day notice period. The cuts go into effect on Dec. 1.
Here is a copy of the letter employees received Tuesday morning via email:
"A few weeks ago I reiterated that IU Health set a goal early in the year to accomplish a 25 percent improvement in productivity over the next five years. To achieve this goal we must execute significant cost savings throughout the system while simultaneously investing in the technologies and processes required to change the way we deliver care. Better managing the health of the populations we serve is an IU Health priority and essential to our success in the changing healthcare environment.
I also informed you that we are not making sufficient progress toward this five-year goal, and have determined it necessary to implement a workforce reduction at the academic health center, IU Health Ball Memorial, North and Saxony hospitals and in System Services. Today we begin the difficult process of notifying more than 900 of our colleagues that their positions have been eliminated.
This regrettable action is necessary if IU Health is to continue providing the nationally recognized care that our patients have come to expect from us. We are determined to remain at the forefront of innovation and leadership in our industry, and will continue to invest in our capabilities to manage the health and wellness of Hoosiers, and to offer best-in-class care and value to all those who depend on us.
For those of you who learn this week that your position has been eliminated, please know that we are making every effort to support you through this difficult time by providing a 60-day working notice period, severance and outplacement services. In addition, Human Resources will assist as many impacted team members as possible to find another position within IU Health. While job postings have been temporarily removed from Pulse to be re-evaluated, approved openings will begin to be re-posted by the middle of October.
Those of you who are not directly affected by the workforce reduction will undoubtedly feel sadness at the loss of valued colleagues and concern about your own future. While this is understandable, we need to maintain our focus on the solemn responsibility we each have of providing care for our patients and their families or in supporting those who do so.
I am grateful to each of you for your contribution to providing high-quality care and service to the patients we have the privilege to serve."
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