Nassau University Medical Center slashes jobs

November 16, 2011 1:43:34 PM PST
Nassau University Medical Center is cutting 175 employees, including 15 doctors, from its payroll.

Layoff notices go out Wednesday to workers at the hospital and its related facilities.

Management tells Newsday it needs to trim staff to help close a projected $50 million budget gap.

The budget shortfall is blamed on rising pension costs, reduced Medicaid payments and higher operating expenses.

The layoffs mostly affect lower-wage employees represented by the Civil Service Employees Association. They are effective immediately.

CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta warns patient care will be impacted.

NUMC also plans to cut $10 million in contract costs; eliminate $6 million in overtime and negotiate $4 million in givebacks from doctors.

The plan still leaves the hospital with a $5.5 million budget hole.