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IU Health now says 935 jobs affected by reductions

October 2, 2013

Indiana University Health now says it will cut more than 900 jobs in a reorganization brought on by changes in health care. That's at least 100 more than announced nearly three weeks ago.

In a five separate notices to the state, IU said it planned to eliminate a total of 935 workers in Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers and Muncie.

IU Health came up with the new cuts after reviewing its business more closely, WTHR-TV reported Tuesday.

The cuts go into effect Dec. 1, and IU Health expected to begin notify employees Tuesday. 1. Some employees will be offered early retirement at age 62.

The cuts will affect 746 workers in Indianapolis at Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, University Hospital and IU Health Physicians.

In Carmel, 67 workers will be cut at IU Health North Hospital. Two employees will be trimmed at Saxony Hospital in Fishers.

In Muncie, IU Health plans 120 cuts at Ball Memorial Hospital.

IU Health employs about 36,000 people statewide. It says it's looking to save $1 billion in costs over the next five years.

The Indianapolis-based hospital system said three weeks ago it must make the cuts because fewer patients have been coming to hospitals, and payment rates for its services have been declining.

It’s the second mass layoff by an Indiana hospital system this year. In late June, Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health announced it was cutting about 865 people due to similar financial pressures.
 

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