UTMC to lay off workers

TOLEDO (WTOL) - There is word of layoffs at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

A spokesman tells us anywhere between a dozen and 50 employees will lose their jobs. The spokesman says it's a "strategic" move by the hospital to remain efficient and continue to offer the best care possible.

The official announcements will come next week.

Letter to UTMC employees from Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, Provost & Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of the College of Medicine; and Mark Chastang Vice President & Executive Director

All UTMC Employees:

All hospitals throughout the region are feeling the adverse effects of the nation's ongoing financial crisis. Unfortunately, these pressures are likely to continue for some time. As a result, The University of Toledo Medical Center plans to proactively strengthen our medical center through strategic re-engineering of the workforce, including some position eliminations, and freezing all vacancies in the clinical enterprise effective today, Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. Any exceptions to the freeze will be made directly by President Jacobs as we respond to financial pressures that are dynamic and changing.

This action comes after much review and discussion. Eliminating positions is never easy, but for the future of the institution it is a step that needs to be taken.

The UTMC clinical enterprise is sound financially, our quality is high, and we have every reason to remain confident about our future. Be assured that our staffing will be maintained at levels required to provide university-quality care. We are confident that with your support and cooperation we will continue UTMC clinical enterprise operations without any delay or disruption. Your continued efforts on behalf of our patients and our students are very much appreciated.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold

Provost & Executive Vice President

for Health Affairs

Dean of the College of Medicine

Mark Chastang

Vice President & Executive Director