June 2, 2017
MESSAGE TO H + H Managers, Elimination of Management Positions
By Stu Eber, President
Managerial Employees Association
We appreciate H+H's Human Resources team's efforts to treat these employees with the dignity they deserve. We hope each of the 396 employees will receive individual exit interviews that will include a detailed explanation of the options available to them and all will have a liaison assigned to them for the next six months.
Our sympathies go out to the professional managers being impacted by the massive elimination of management positions at H+H. We hope each of the 396 managers will receive individual exit interviews that will include a detailed explanation of the options available to them and all will have a liaison assigned to them for the next six months during this most difficult time.
Statement of Stanley Brezenoff, Interim President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals, regarding management restructuring and elimination of management positions:
“Today we’ve implemented a difficult but necessary action to help build a stronger, more agile, and more stable public health care delivery system. By restructuring and reducing unnecessary layers of management, we can better direct resources where we need them most—at the front line of patient care. There will be no impact on services or patient care, quality, or safety. Finding efficiencies is a smart, responsible business practice, and the only way we can sustain our health system that serves the most vulnerable New Yorkers.”
- 476 management positions have been eliminated, effective June 2, 2017. Of those positions being eliminated, 80 are current vacancies that will no longer be filled.
- There are 396 management employees affected. They are being notified in person that today is their last day at work.
- Among the managers affected, 98 will have the opportunity to return to their prior civil service title if they so choose.
- Management employees affected will remain on payroll for two weeks. They will receive health insurance coverage until later this month and lump sum payments for their accumulated leave times.
- Managers affected are being offered a range of employee assistance services to help them prepare to look for other jobs, update resumes, and access coaching, or to apply for retirement if eligible. These services will be available at least six months.
- There are no unionized employees affected.
- The positions eliminated are all management posts identified by hospital and system leaders as no longer necessary based on best practice models, patient volume, size of facility, and the system’s goal to shift from a hospital-centric organization to a health system focused on wellness, prevention, and outpatient care.
- As a result of the restructuring, the number of management layers has been reduced from an average of six to four,in line with other large health systems nationally.
- As result of reducing layers of management, the system will yield $60 million in personnel savings in Fiscal Year 2018.
For background about NYC Health + Hospitals’ financial situation and reasoning behind the restructuring, read Mr. Brezenoff’s budget testimony to the New York City Council.