Roseland Hospital cuts staff, salaries to keep doors open
BY MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporter/ firstname.lastname@example.org May 24, 2013 3:02PM
The emergency entrance of Roseland Community Hospital 45 W 111th St. Friday, May 24, 2013 | Brian Jackson~Sun Times
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:49AM
As it waits to hear if it’ll receive a $7 million bailout to stay open, Roseland Community Hospital laid off almost 70 employees and other hospital employees will take a pay cut.
The 68 people whose jobs were eliminated this week included lab and radiology clerks, secretaries, emergency room nurses and managers, Roseland executives said.
An additional 47 employees will take one unpaid furlough day per every two-week pay period.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has led a group of community leaders requesting that the state provide an infusion of $7 million to keep Roseland Community Hospital running without dramatic cuts to patient care.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn said the governor is concerned about Roseland’s financial viability.
“That’s why he immediately directed senior staff to meet with hospital executives and community stakeholders several weeks ago to work on a way that the city, state and federal government can partner to help Roseland adapt to the changing health landscape,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. “That work is still going on.”
All the layoffs, pay cuts and service reductions are expected to save more than $700,000 a month, hospital staff said.
The Far South Side safety-net hospital owes about $7 million to $8 million in outstanding bills older than 90 days that it must pay or it will have to significantly reduce services. Hospital executives say Roseland hasn’t been able to generate enough cash flow to pay its expenses because it serves a primarily poor population that often doesn’t have any health coverage, including Medicaid.