Christus St. Vincent hospital announces layoffs

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    Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, 455 St. Michael’s Drive. Hospitals around the state, including Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, are closely following the indigent care issue, which is expected to flare up because legislative changes likely will be needed to arrive at a solution. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 10:30 pm | Updated: 11:31 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center said Monday it is eliminating 58 positions and laying off 36 employees as part of a restructuring to meet the challenges of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Hospital administrators said the layoffs will stretch across all departments, including 15 management positions. Christus St. Vincent President and CEO Bruce Tassin said the reductions will trim $4 million from the Santa Fe hospital’s payroll.

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  • Al Corste posted at 11:37 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    alcorste Posts: 8

    Thanks for posting these Bruce - any chance you can dig up the salaries of the board? Aren't non-profits, such as St. V's, supposed to have this information available publicly, perhaps via an IRS form of some sort?

  • Al Corste posted at 11:31 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    alcorste Posts: 8

    Interesting that the ever-outspoken Lillian Montoya didn't response to this request by you, Julie. Seems that last year the hospital had an "excess" of $6 million. That was BEFORE the $4 million which is anticipated by Bruce's layoffs. So, should we anticipate $10 million this round, at the end of June 2014? Sure would be nice to see those salaries, wouldn't it? I'm not saying people in those positions don't deserve to make good money (provided they're making good decisions) but it begs the question: what pay cuts did they take??? As far as your questions, what will be next in terms of services and quality? Well, I've seen the quality and much like Cate Moses I will plead for a ride to Albuquerque before setting foot in any Christus shop, until they clean things up.

  • Dieter Engelke posted at 5:35 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    iknoweverything Posts: 20

    The hospitals doctors, nurses, aids and all the other workers are all professionals who do their best to serve our community. It seems we all find fault within the "system". Could it be that 10000 people are reaching retirement age every day in our great nation and many will need help and affordable health care.
    I have never heard of patients or staff being treated like trash.
    By the way I am not sure of OBAMACARE.
    Just like life, everything changes from day to day. Have compassion and look around you and see the difference we all can make.

    Whatever and whomever, bless us all

  • Cate Moses posted at 2:14 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    cate moses Posts: 40

    This hospital has been treating workers--and patients--like trash for as long as I can remember. It is called St. Victim's for good reason. In a state where unions are denied the legal right to strike, this is what we can expect. St. Vincent's has endeavored for years to hire the cheapest, least trained, and least experienced staff. Layoffs and "buy-outs" are St. V's standard operating procedure, and their adverse effects on patients are real and scary. Even before this round, I carried a card in my wallet that says please, please, take me anywhere but St. Victim's.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:33 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    But the Jews killed Jesus. Do you really expect a Catholic hospital to provide the healthcare services you think are critical to women, that is, abortions?

  • kevinbobb posted at 11:59 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    kevinbobb Posts: 6

    Layoffs in the medical field? This in a State where we are constantly told our Medical requirements can't be met.
    Lets face it, under the fist fed O'Care, increased employee costs
    IF, and that's a big if, employers provide insurance, combined with lower reimbursements (14,000 Medicaid recipients just added to the 26% of NM population), this is just current business.

    Now, if these layoffs were not actually involved in medical procedures or supportive roles, the $18.00 q tips and $12.00 Asprin hospitals bill for, may indicate the need for covering the former profit models Hospitals enjoyed.

  • Dieter Engelke posted at 9:38 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    iknoweverything Posts: 20

    Just for you Lillian, "vice president of public policy" just what do you do ? And do you have any medical, nursing or other medical skills? I would love to see your job description,credentials and salary. Now lets look at the COO "chief operating officer" and the CFO "chief financial officer". It would seem these positions are one and the same. Just Christus from Texas expanding business and not having a clue about health care.
    Wonder why discharges are declining.....maybe the community is losing faith in their local hospital.
    It is a fact, businesses fail due to poor management, god help us all if the nurse union goes on strike maybe one of the corporate staff can figure out what to do. This was very close to occurring not to long ago. Mid level managers who are RNS, LPNS,CRRNS and state licensed medical professionals were called to fill in for patient care pending a strike . So this is who we lay off to save money? What about community health?

  • Julie Berman posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    jc1947ber Posts: 4

    Hmmmm...since we have someone from the hospital weighing in on this, I'd like to know how many of the top managers and I mean the Christus White Shirts, saw a cut in either their hours or in their pay. Seems like if people were being let go, you would think that there would have been some kind of attempt to show the community and the hospital workers that 'we are all in this together.' Also, how many of those let go had fifteen or more years with the hospital and although they have contracts, why not scale back some of the dollars being paid to the highly paid physicians...who have sold their souls to this organization. The numbers show a trend and what will be next in terms of services and quality??? I see ads constantly running on television and in the newspaper and seems to me that cost alone could be saved and used toward staffing.

  • Steven Fisher posted at 4:05 pm on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    sfisher951 Posts: 25

    Yet another reason to go to Albuquerque (or out of state) for care. Why is it that there are so many EXCELLENT HC professionals here in Santa Fe but our hospital is so mediocre? I used to work for a hospital association; it's telling that the majority of Jewish HC institutions remain committed to urban areas and routinely receive high marks for quality of care, but many Catholic institutions have abandoned cities for the suburbs, and their quality of care is lower. Add to that the fact that religious institutions like St. Vincent's do not even provide HC services that are critical to women, and those of us living in The City Different are up a creek without a paddle. It's great that Presbyterian is at least opening up an outpatient facility in Santa Fe . . . .

  • Diane Gonzales posted at 3:54 pm on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    MDG Posts: 8

    I found it disturbing and surprising that Christus is laying off employees and blaming it on the new regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Christus is opening new offices around the hospital area and implementing hospital upgrades. Surely the administrators had to know of the regulations a long time ago when these jobs could have been saved instead of starting a new venture(s). Are these employees the sacrificial lambs because they are trying to make a point about the new law?

  • brucek posted at 12:06 pm on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    brucek Posts: 1 Staff

    Here are Christus patient discharge numbers that didn't make the article
    FY 2012 - 13,121
    FY 13 - 12,663
    FY 14 - 11,708, (projected) so a drop of 11 percent....that says a lot about what is happening here.

  • Lillian Montoya posted at 10:55 am on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    Lijomo Posts: 12

    To clarify, 33% of those affected by this repositioning were Manager and Director Level positions. This repositioning was driven by many factors, including declining reimbursements and NOT the Affordable Care Act exclusively, which we fully support. An internet search will reveal that our repositioning is not unlike what other hospitals around the country, and in NM, facing right now. CHRISTUS St. Vincent employs nearly 2,000 of residents of Santa Fe, who are our friends and neighbors. They are our most important resource for the delivery of quality patient care and we can assure you that this difficult decision was not taken lightly.

  • Stan Bies posted at 10:27 am on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    Patron Posts: 37

    Not really clear to me why the cuts are required or caused by the new health care law. If hospitals are now compensated for better healthcare outcomes and not just services performed and more folks have insurance and broader Medicaid coverage how does that lead to job cuts ?

    There may be good reasons for the restructure and layoffs but seems like a PR move to lay it all on "obamacare".

    Management should clarify.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 10:03 am on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    And what kind of salary cut did Tassin take. Haha, not in a funny way. I'm sure he won't turn down his bonus. Yes, south is the direction to look.

  • mark mocha posted at 9:51 am on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    They are full of poop. Taking advantage of changing laws to trim the workforce FROM THE BOTTOM, never from the top and blame it on a healthcare law that will eventually make it easier for them to to get reimbursed from patients that didn't have healthcare in the past but now do. No wonder people in this town look south when facing a hospitalization.


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