Friday, December 30, 2016

State budget cuts, other losses spur 500 job cuts at UNM Health Sciences Center - Kelly Gooch, Hospital Review

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque will cut more than 500 positions, reports The Santa Fe New Mexican. 1. The UNM Health Sciences Center, which oversees University of New Mexico Hospital and numerous other facilities statewide, attributes the job cuts to recent state budget cuts, as well as Medicaid and managed care organization contract cuts, among other things. 2. The UNM Health Sciences Center is not planning layoffs. Most of the jobs cuts affect planned staff expansions that weren't filled, the health system's chancellor, Paul Roth, MD, told state legislators, according to the report. Dr. Roth said the remaining job cuts can be handled through a regular attrition rate of about 8 percent to 10 percent annually. 3. Positions affected by the job cuts include 33 physicians, 174 nurses, 167 hospital staff and 132 academic staff in the medical school, as well as the nursing and pharmacy programs, and other research and education institutions, according to the report.

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