Hartford HealthCare cuts 350 jobs

Job cuts by Hartford HealthCare mean the loss of at least 75 positions at MidState Medical Center and the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Hartford HealthCare officials cited declining government reimbursement, fewer patients with private insurance and fewer inpatients as driving the need to reduce costs.

The network has five hospitals in the state, including MidState, in Meriden, and the Hospital of Central Connecticut, which has campuses in Southington and New Britain.

Throughout Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare eliminated the equivalent of 350 full-time positions, according to a statement by Jeffrey Flaks, the organization’s chief operating officer.

The reductions follow $200 million in non-staff cuts, said Lucille Janatka, Hartford HealthCare senior vice president and the network’s central region president.

“In many cases, we have eliminated vacant positions or have already notified employees whose jobs have been affected. Most of those affected who have not yet been notified will be contacted this week,” she said in a statement.

Barbara Simonetta, president of Connecticut Health Care Associates, the union representing hospital workers, declined to comment Tuesday on the job reductions.

“My understanding is that people throughout the district have yet to be notified,” she said.

Flaks said hospitals both have to cut costs and continue to invest, citing the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s new cancer center and ambulatory sites.

“If we do not reach our financial performance goals, we are in danger of losing access to the capital we need for growth at a time when we face new, for-profit competitors with substantial financial capabilities,” he said.

In November of last year, Hartford HealthCare eliminated a number of senior and middle management positions. Among those cut was Clarence Silvia, who ran Bradley Memorial Hospital from 1993 until the merger with New Britain General in 2006. Silvia became president of the Hospital of Central Connecticut in 2011. During last year’s consolidation, Janatka, already MidState Medical Center CEO, also took charge of the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Job reductions eliminated redundant positions, according to Hartford HealthCare officials.

At MidState and the Hospital of Central Connecticut, 22 managers were laid off, 18 took voluntary resignations or retirements, and 10 positions will be left unfilled.

Overall, Hartford HealthCare eliminated 179 positions through layoffs, resignations and unfilled vacancies. Network officials didn’t provide a breakdown of how many Bradley positions were eliminated.

The other hospitals in the network are Hartford Hospital, Backus Hospital in Norwich, and Windham Hospital. Hartford HealthCare also includes behavior health centers, a clinical laboratory, a primary care physician practice group, a regional home care system and a physical therapy and rehabilitation network.

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