IU Health now says 935 jobs affected by reductions

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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.


  • Cancer Center closing
    I am in a unique position,an RN(now retired)and a cancer patient at the soon to close, Southside outpatient facility.I am amazed that so little regard has been given to the "customers/consumers" of the excellent care that this haven has provided to those of us with cancer. Over a million dollars was spent to renovate when IU took over,and now in little over a year and half,it is being closed? How is that cost effective? It is always busy when I am there,every 3 weeks,so it isn't because of lack of cancer patients. Without much warning,experienced,compassionate,skilled nurses have gotten fired,yet others have been hired at the northside location. Someone in the executive branch obviously does not understand how important care givers are to the actual healing experience.It is sad to think that Indiana University thinks so little of those it is meant to serve,and that so called "higher"education has sunk to this level. It is a sad commentary for the medical community in this city.
  • How about some pressure?
    Where are IU's lobbyists? Why have they not teamed up with the Indiana State Hospital Association and DEMANDED that Gov Pence take the expansion money and run our own exchange? He is costing IU Health and every Podunk hospital in the state revenue by not installing navigator's at the door and expanding coverage to cover the uninsured. Yes, the fed will reduce the pot by 10% once its up and running, but for crying out loud, these Hoosier professionals are losing jobs because Governor Pence wants to make a statement, regardless of the scorched earth it leaves in his wake. What kind of jobs was he hoping to lure to our state with a climate like this? The people that live in the border communities are going to figure out very quickly that if they cross state lines, they can get better coverage at lower rates in KY, MI, and OH, all equally red states with super majorities.
  • Hospital Layoffs
    I wonder why I U and St. Vincent is completely up front with their layoffs but Community Hospital East who has been laying employees off since 2010 does not get an article written about it? On Sept 15th Community Hospital East laid off all of their LPNs but no article on that. Why?
  • location, location, location...
    Chris, you do know that IU Health does not pay alot in taxes. IU Health was trying to be upmc and building Clarian Norths. Plus, most of IU Health's revenue comes from real estate not patient care. Patient care is the "tax hustle."
  • Put blame where it belongs...
    I would venture to say that if patients with delinquent accounts paid just 25% of their balance, IU Health would see a profit and all jobs would be saved. Instead, society and government (both democrats and republicans) continue to look at health insurance as health care. They are not the same. We have an entitlement system which says that ALL PEOPLE deserve the very best…but that COSTS MONEY. And no one wants to pay for it. Let’s be honest and provide basic health services to all but anything above basic life sustaining health care comes at a cost. If you want better health care you have to pay for better health care. If we did away with medicare and Medicaid and used that budget to provide basic services for the entire population (all equal) and those who wanted more/better services had supplemental policies we would reduce fraud and abuse. We may also encourage people to think more economically about their health care spending. But this is what we get with a two party system. The moderates are shut out by the extremes on both sides. Society views every one in 3 classes (poor, middle, and rich) but government only has two classes (neither of which help the people). Stop blaming banks, insurance companies, your mom and your dad…they work within the system created by a government more corrupt than any bank. More selfish than any insurance company. All they do is finger point and take contributions. As our favorite 90’s tv ad lady says…STOP THE INSANITY.
    • Too Big To Fail
      Like the big banks, IU Health thinks it is too big to fail.
    • Get rid of the monorail
      Get rid of the monorail. Many jobs could be saved! At best it was a vanity project from the very beginning. Now it's a white elephant. It costs millions annually to run and maintain. The ridership is negligible. And it's extremely ugly. A big waste that could go towards operating expenses and patient care!
    • Cut back on ads
      How about instead cutting the 'top doctors' ads the play endlessly in the early evening. They just come off as snobbish. Maybe could save a few jobs instead.

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