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.