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Mississippi's Only Academic Hospital Cuts Jobs to Fix Budget

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is cutting jobs to deal with a budget shortfall. File Photo

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is cutting jobs to deal with a budget shortfall. File Photo

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) β€” The University of Mississippi Medical Center is cutting jobs to deal with a budget shortfall.

Medical center leaders said Thursday they are reducing faculty compensation, cutting 195 jobs and eliminating 85 vacant positions.

The $32.7 million deficit comes in part from changes to Medicaid funding.

With more than 10,000 employees and a $1.7 billion budget, the medical center includes hospitals, plus medical, dental and health-related schools.

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, who heads the medical center, says Thursday that the cuts will have little impact on patient care. UMMC still plans a children's hospital expansion at a price tag of $180 million. But Woodward says that the medical center will likely still need to make more cuts to deal with the budget.

β€œUnfortunately, it was not possible to reach savings of this magnitude without reductions in staffing,” Dr. Woodward said in a press release.

β€œThe people who lost their jobs are good, hard-working people who will be missed as team members, and we appreciate their service."

The cuts will impact employees in all facets of the organization, including the health system; the academic, research and service areas; and the faculty.

Woodward also said UMMC has placed additional constraints on the hiring process, but "not an outright freeze."

This story has additional reporting from the Jackson Free Press.


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