YNHH cuts 155 management jobs

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YNHH VP Vin Petrini: Big deficits led to big layoffs.

Yale New Haven Health laid off 72 hospital executives on Wednesday and eliminated 83 other administrative vacancies systemwide restructuring” carried out in the face of rising costs and a projected deficit of $300 million.

YNHH Vice President Vin Petrini confirmed the layoffs in a telephone interview with The Independent.

He said that in total, the regional health system cut 155 jobs from its roughly 30,000 workforce on Wednesday.

Since more than half of these positions were vacant, the number of employees actually laid off was 72. The group includes 51 employees who worked in New Haven.

YNHH owns and operates seven hospital campuses in total, including Greenwich, Bridgeport, New London, Westerly, RI, and New Haven on York Street and St. Raphael’s.

Petrini pointed out that all of the positions cut were management and administrative positions. None of those fired were involved in patient care, food service, security or transportation. These dismissals did not impact frontline workers and caregivers,” he said. And the dismissals concerned both junior and senior managers.

It was rather a restructuring of our management team to be more agile” in the face of serious economic pressure which YNHHmuch like other health care systems across the country, is currently facing.

Wednesday is a incredibly tough day,” Petrini said. He said many employees made redundant by the hospital system have been asked to apply for other jobs at YNHH.

He also said that cutting so many positions and laying off so many employees at the same time is not something this system” has had to do before. He said each person made redundant had been informed during one-on-one meetings with managers and that his last days of work would be at the end of this week.

York Street Hospital Campus of YNHH.

Given the financial challenges we are facing, we will end the year with a loss of $300 million,” Petrini said. He said YNHH’s budget for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, will likely include a projected deficit of $250 million.

These deficits, he said, have been the root of everything from the expiration of the federal government CARE Subsidy Act historic inflation” to supply chain challenges premium workforce” for the unprecedented number of travel nurses the hospital system has employed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nonetheless, Petrini said, even with these executive-level layoffs, YNHH will be continue to invest in key positions” such as nurses. We would rather invest in our people” than hire temporary travel nurses to fill gaps at higher costs, he said.

How exactly does the hospital plan to fill these gaps?

We know it will take a few years to get the healthcare system back to a healthy financial state, he said. Some of the strategies the hospital will pursue include reduction in premium labour”, i.e. hiring fewer more expensive travel nurses. He said YNHH is also work aggressively on supply chain costs” and working on length of stay issues. He said the hospital will continue to invest in building the new Neuroscience Research and Treatment Center on the St. Raphael campus, which he says has benefited from numerous philanthropic donations.

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