One of the largest health care providers in the region is eliminating 290 full-time jobs as it slashes millions of dollars in expenses.
Dr. Jack Kitts, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital (Supplied photo)
The Ottawa Hospital says it is cutting $31 million from its $1.04-billion budget. The layoffs will save $22 million and include 90 nursing positions and 100 administrators, as well as 100 other health professionals. Prior to Wednesday's announcement, The Ottawa Hospital employed 7,700 full-time employees.
A further $9 million in savings will come from “increased revenue and reduced utilization and supply cuts.”
In a statement, The Ottawa Hospital said it is facing “unprecedented” demand for emergency department services alongside rising labour costs and provincial funding reforms.
“Our goal is to deliver high-quality care in the most efficient way,” said Jack Kitts, president and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, in a statement.
“To achieve our mandate of caring for the region's most acutely ill and injured, we have to do some things differently.”