Boston Children’s Hospital Cuts 255 Jobs, Lays Off 45 Staffers

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger


WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports that top management at Boston Children’s Hospital sent word to employees today that the hospital was cutting a total of 255 positions, most through attrition but 45 through elimination. Savings total $89.5 million, for a 3% margin.

From the letter:

“During FY12, 255 positions were eliminated from the hospital’s operating budget through consolidation of positions and operations, transfers and not filling vacancies. This process affected employees at all levels of the organization. Decisions were made thoughtfully and carefully, with an eye toward ensuring we did not affect our ability to deliver the best and safest patient care and with a minimum of impact on employees.

Do the budget pressures necessitate a reduction in force?

From our employee base of 9,600, approximately 45 employees’ jobs are being eliminated and those employees are not able to be transferred to other positions. These eliminations include management and non-management positions. Human Resources is supporting those employees by providing a competitive severance package, continuation of health and dental benefits for the severance period, and Employee Assistance Program counseling.”

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  • john

    Reporting of such layoffs tends to be rather sensationalized. This is the first I’ve seen showing cuts as a percentage of total workforce (less than 3%) . During my career at a large for-profit industry, cuts of up to 5% were commonplace, several years in a row. Even when, as a low level executive, I felt that we were cutting muscle vs fat, and sacrificing the future for yearly balance sheet, somehow we would figure out how to get the job done, and decades later, the business is still thriving.