Care New England lays off 58 people from Memorial Hospital

By: Elisha Kay Aldrich

Care New England has eliminated 58 positions from Memorial Hospital today.

In a media release, the healthcare provider stated that the employees were let go “to help address the very challenging financial problems at Memorial Hospital and across the CNE health care system.”

“It is always our goal to avoid layoffs,” Dennis Keefe, Care New England’s President and CEO said. “Yet, with labor representing 70 percent of the cost of healthcare, it is difficult to reduce expenses without it touching people. We are doing everything we can to respond to our tough financial situation, and workforce reductions are a last resort.”

Those who were let go will be given information about other available positions throughout the Care New England system, as well as information about support services available to them.

The action comes after months of cost cutting from Care New England, all in an effort to increase revenue and improve the revenue cycle, including a plan to restructure Memorial Hospital. Much of this plan is still awaiting approval from the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.