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Hospital News: Layoffs At Pa.’s Temple University Health System

Layoffs, affiliations and big revenue numbers make news at hospitals in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Texas.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Two Area Health Systems Cut Jobs
Temple University Health System announced the elimination of 11 positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center and 14 at Jeanes Hospital. Officials said efforts were underway to find new jobs in the system for the affected employees, who came from management and nonmanagement ranks but were not involved in patient care. Fox Chase and Jeanes have a combined 3,500 employees (Brubaker, 6/25).

Houston Chronicle: Texas, Nation's Non-Profit Hospitals Grossing Huge Amounts
Five Houston hospitals are among the nation's 100 top-grossing hospitals, two something of a surprise, but the greatest puzzler is one of the two Dallas hospitals on the list. Parkland Hospital, Dallas' equivalent of Ben Taub General Hospital, ranked 57th on the list, released Tuesday by Becker's Hospital Review (6/25).

Boston Globe: Winchester Hospital, Lahey Health Plan To Link
Winchester Hospital's board has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Lahey Health, the parent organization of Lahey Clinic in Burlington, in the latest example of a community hospital seeking to join a larger health care network as the medical market consolidates. In a joint statement released late Tuesday afternoon, the two parties said they were teaming up to better coordinate care for the patients in communities stretching from Northeastern Massachusetts into Southern New Hampshire. The presidents of Lahey and Winchester both declined requests to discuss their affiliation plans (Weisman, 6/25).

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