15 positions eliminated at EMMC to cut spending

Posted Sept. 26, 2009, at 1 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — As part of an ongoing effort to rein in spending and reduce operating costs, Eastern Maine Medical Center this week announced it will eliminate 15 positions and cut one position from full time to part time.

Jill McDonald, vice president for communications and marketing at EMMC, said the changes will affect several departments at the hospital, including data management, maintenance, human resources and patient care administration. One clinical position at the hospital’s dialysis center also will be affected, she said.

According to the hospital’s Web site, nine of the 16 individuals probably will be assigned to existing vacancies in the hospital. One full-time position will become part-time, two people have already accepted severance pay and left, and four others will be offered assistance in finding jobs outside the hospital.

“These decisions are not easy,” McDonald said Friday. “For the people involved, this is a scary time.” She said efforts are being made to retain as many of the hospital’s approximately 3,700 employees as possible, but that additional reductions are probable in the future.

“This has been a year of careful and deliberate examination of our cost structure, and it’s not done yet,” McDonald said. “The goal is to live within our means.”

No senior executives will lose their jobs or take pay reductions, she said, but a pay freeze for all management positions took effect in July.

McDonald said affected individuals were notified of the latest changes on Wednesday, and a memo to all employees was sent out later that day.

mhaskell@bangordailynews.net

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