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June 17, 2009

UI Health Care provides timeline for reduction in work force

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce expenses, University of Iowa Health Care last week stated at the Board of Regents meeting that it will trim the size of UI Hospitals and Clinics' 6,600-member work force by eliminating an estimated 200 filled positions. The positions being eliminated will result from normal attrition, normal retirements and layoffs. Notifications to most employees whose positions are being eliminated will be made this week.

UI Hospitals and Clinics CEO Kenneth P. Kates told employees at a staff meeting Tuesday that notifications will begin today, Wednesday, June 17 for employees whose positions are being eliminated.

"We know how very difficult this will be for people," Kates said. "We absolutely intend to honor the notice periods identified in university policy and our contracts. During the notice period, we will be actively working with employees with re-training, out-placement and other services to support them as they transition from UI Health Care to other employers."

Jean E. Robillard, M.D., vice president for medical affairs, said, "We regret the necessity of these difficult decisions, and have worked very hard to avoid having to take these steps. Like many other academic medical centers and hospitals of all sizes in Iowa and across the country, the overall economic situation has had a major impact on UI Health Care."

Robillard said UI Health Care will continue its existing practices of soliciting employee suggestions for reducing expenses, reassigning qualified staff to areas of increased need, ongoing re-organization and work re-design efforts, as well as seeking further supply chain savings. He further stated that UI Hospitals and Clinics is finalizing its plans to achieve a further 2 percent reduction in labor costs and that more information will be available during July.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,