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UMC eliminating duplicated services, cutting staff

Reported by: Venise Toussaint
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Updated: 8/21/2014 6:40 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- University Medical Center is eliminating services that are duplicated by other Southern Nevada health care providers.

To cut costs and focus on services provided only by UMC, the county-owned hospital will drop outpatient oncology, its outpatient pharmacy, and the Lied Adult Care and Lied Pediatric Care Centers.

In addition, the hospital will relocate its outpatient rehabilitation center to UMC’s main campus, reorganize the Family Resource Center, and implement “identified departmental efficiencies.”

The elimination of these services will affect about 285 employees, according to a UMC news release. Roughly 61 vacant positions will be dropped or put on hold.

“Meaningful change is never easy, but we are confident these changes will yield great results,” Lawrence Barnard, hospital CEO, stated in the release. “This is a new day at UMC. We realize we cannot continue to be all things to all people and remain responsible to our taxpayers. This is a great opportunity to focus on the life-saving services we are known for: trauma, burn, transplant, and Children’s Hospital of Nevada. UMC will continue to stand as a source of pride for our community.”

Barnard said UMC has two primary responsibilities: to “provide unmatched care and quality outcomes” and to “move aggressively to reduce the taxpayer subsidy.” The changes are intended to better address those responsibilities.

“Patients who previously relied on UMC as their only source for care now have other options through the expansion of Medicaid, and/or the Affordable Care Act exchange,” Barnard stated. “Our case management team will work closely with our patients to educate them on their options and ensure they have access to care.”



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