Cuts are coming for Ingham Regional Medical Center and as many as 150 positions could go.
"We've looked at all departments and it's based on our patient volume," Pat Salow, Interim CEO for Ingham Regional Medical Center, said.
This news comes a week after President/CEO Robert Wright resigned, citing personal health reasons. Thursday was Salow's fourth day serving as Interim CEO but has been an employee with Ingham for more than 30 years.
"We've got great employees here, I spent some time out on a couple of the floors today and was talking with the staff reassuring them that this too is something that we can get through as a group," Salow said.
The reductions are expected to be between five to seven percent of the medical center's workforce. Employees affected could be notified as early as Monday.
The Office and Professional Employees International Union represents more than 1,300 employees at the medical center and they believe cuts to staffing will weaken a system they say is already "bare bones."
Joseph Marutiak, an OPEIU Local 459 leader said in a letter to McLaren Health Care:
"We will pass the point where even employees will not be able to recommend IRMC to their families."
Ingham Regional Medical Center will work with employees who will be affected to place as many of them in other positions in the McLaren Health Care System as possible.