Jackson Health to lay off 920 people


MIAMI –

On Tuesday, Jackson Health Systems CEO Carlos Migoya said layoffs were inevitable.

“Today, we’re announcing the reduction of about 920 people from our staff,” he said.

Jackson has been in financial straits. It posted losses of $19 million in the past three months. If the governor’s budget is approved, Medicaid funding would be slashed. And since Kendall Regional became a trauma center, Migoya said Ryder Trauma has lost $15 million.

 

Migoya said 920 people, including some nurses, will be laid off, and 195 empty positions will be eliminated, resulting in the cuts of 1,115 jobs.

Notices will go out no later than April 6.

In 2009, hospital brass and county leaders learned its budget hole was five times bigger than projected. The cost of caring for uninsured patients outweighed the public dollars coming in to pay for it.

A grand jury would later call the Jackson Hospital system a “colossal mess.”

At a news conference Tuesday, Migoya said the system has been working to clean that up. Migoya estimated the cuts will mean a net savings of $69 million a year without affecting service.

“Having these reductions that we’re talking about will not have any impact on service levels. We will continue to have every service line that we currently have and we’re not closing any service lines from the hospital,” Migoya said.

Martha Baker, president of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Florida Local 1991, released the following statement Tuesday:

“We are appalled with today’s announcement of massive layoffs at Jackson. This is what you get when you hire a billionaire banker and then cut him loose to take a chainsaw to healthcare in Miami-Dade County. It’s unbelievable that he wouldn’t consult the nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals — who have sacrificed out of their pockets to keep Jackson afloat — about how his plan to ‘right size’ the system might harm patient care. We have no idea how Mr. Migoya thinks patient care can be maintained with such drastic cuts to frontline caregivers.”