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Vanguard Begins Layoffs at Westlake

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Nearly 50 employees at Westlake Hospital unexpectedly received layoff notices recently in departments throughout the hospital. The layoffs come less than a year after Vanguard took over the hospitals from Resurrection.

With a union employees would
negotiate layoff, recall and transfer
rights, along with proper notice
before any layoffs occur.

Last year, Vanguard told Westlake and West Suburban employees that the only change they would see is the name on their paycheck. Less than a year later, without any clear criteria, Vanguard has unexpectedly laid off employees of a wide variety of classifications and seniority levels. With a union employees would negotiate layoff, recall and transfer rights, along with proper notice before any layoffs occur.

In a memo to employees, Westlake CEO Pat Shehorn cited "changes in the economy" as a major factor in the layoffs. But these "changes in the economy" have not stopped Vanguard from making headlines across the country over the past year purchasing ten hospitals, including Holy Cross on Chicago's southwest side for $18.65 million.

HEART/AFSCME will continue to monitor any further developments at West Suburban and Westlake Hospitals. Resurrection recently announced their plan to merge with Provena Health this summer. Employees have been given little information on how the proposed merger will affect their job status or the quality of care they provide.