Boynton Beach’s Bethesda Health hospital system has laid off 35 people, CEO Roger Kirk said today, after the system lost money for the first time in decades.
The layoffs, the non-profit’s first since 1999, include both support and clinical staff. And, Kirk said, they’re meant to defray losses of about $15 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, as well as position the system’s two hospitals for what may be more lean times ahead.
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Hospitals throughout Palm Beach County saw weak occupancy rates in the first three months of 2013:
Bethesda Hospital East: 73.7 percent
Bethesda Hospital West: 48.7 percent
Boca Raton Regional Hospital: 57.2 percent
Delray Medical Center: 58.2 percent
Good Samaritan Medical Center: 35.4 percent
JFK Medical Center: 82 percent
Jupiter Medical Center: 89.4 percent
Lakeside Medical Center: 45 percent
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center: 72.5 percent
Palms West Hospital: 78.2 percent
St. Mary’s Medical Center: 63 percent
Wellington Regional Medical Center: 59.9 percent
West Boca Medical Center: 64.9 percent
West Palm Hospital: 47.6 percent
Source: Health Council of Southeast Florida.