ProMedica lays off about 100 employees

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    ProMedica's headquarters in downtown Toledo at its grand opening in August of 2017.

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  • About 100 ProMedica employees were laid off this week to “improve efficiencies and reduce costs,” the health system confirmed Thursday.

    An additional 60 vacant “nondirect patient care positions” will not be filled, according to the statement from Chief Human Resources Officer Karen Strauss. 

    ProMedica declined to make officials available for interviews Thursday. 

    “The healthcare industry continues to face a series of challenges, including decreasing reimbursement rates for services and rising operational costs,” Ms. Strauss said in a statement. “To adapt, health systems around the country have had to make tough financial decisions.”

    A majority of those eliminated positions are “in leadership roles and corporate functions,” though officials did not specify what those positions are.

    Ms. Moore said none of the eliminated jobs comes from HCR ManorCare, the eldercare operator ProMedica and Welltower Inc. purchased out of bankruptcy for $3.3 billion earlier this year.

    ProMedica spokesman Tausha Moore said many of those jobs are located at the health system’s downtown headquarters, which opened in August, 2017. 

    Employees moved in waves last summer to the downtown headquarters, anchored by the renovated steam plant and former KeyBank building, now called the Junction. Employees also moved into the former Toledo Edison building, also now owned by ProMedica.

    About 2,000 ProMedica employees were projected to move downtown across several buildings, officials said at the time the headquarters opened.