Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Care System could see a 5% reduction in force by the end of 2016, as the Hanover based hospital announced Friday they have made the decision to layoff up to 460 employees to help address the $12.2 million deficit from the fiscal year which ended in July. In June the company announced an affiliation with HCANH member agency, the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Details of the layoff plans will be spelled out by mid-October, but D-H’s workforce is expected to be reduced by 3 percent to 5 percent, according to an email sent out Friday afternoon by Chief Executive Officer. James Weinstein.
In a letter to employees Weinstein said that $100 million in “improvements” are necessary to achieve financial stability, and must take place quickly.
“Reductions at all levels of the organization will be considered. We expect we will have more specificity by mid-October. Layoffs would be effective toward the end of the calendar year,” Weinstein wrote.
He said the organization will make a review of all clinical programs. “We cannot be all things to all people,” he said.