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Brigham to cut 100 jobs as costs rise faster than revenues

Brigham and Women's Hospital plans to cut 100 positions to save $10 million as costs rise faster than revenues, hospital officials said Monday.

The cuts, taking effect over several months, will include both layoffs and leaving vacant positions unfilled. They will apply to all jobs that do not deal in direct patient care. No doctors, nurses, or other staff who work directly with patients will be laid off, hospital officials said. The Brigham also has frozen hiring for non-patient care positions.

"We have implemented a hiring pause and are conducting a thoughtful and detailed review of all vacant positions, temporary positions, and newly created positions," said Dr. Ron M. Walls, chief operating officer of the Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital.


The cuts at Boston's second-biggest hospital amount to less than 1 percent of its workforce of 18,000. The hospital, part of Partners HealthCare, made $152 million in profit last year on $2.5 billion in revenue. But Walls said costs are rising 3 to 4 percent, while revenues are rising only 1 percent.

"To close this gap, we are looking for ways to increase efficiencies across our organization, identify new revenue opportunities, and reduce our labor-related costs," he said in a statement.

Over the past five years, the hospital has cut expenses by $300 million, he added.

Even though they are cutting jobs, hospital officials said they may add clinical jobs, such as doctors and nurses, next year.

Priyanka Dayal McCluskey
can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com.