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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2006

Health provider warns of layoffs

By Rick Daysog
Advertiser Staff Writer

The parent of Kapiolani Health, Straub Clinic & Hospital and Wilcox Health said it may have to lay off nonmedical employees as a result of a company-wide restructuring.

In an e-mail to employees Tuesday, Hawaii Pacific Health said some cuts will be handled by attrition and that some redundant positions will be consolidated.

Pat Oda, a Hawaii Pacific Health spokeswoman, said there is no estimate on how many people will be affected because the restructuring is in the early stages. She stressed that any cuts will be limited to administrative and support staff and will not affect nurses, doctors or other healthcare professionals.

Hawaii Pacific Health is the result of the 2001 merger of Kapiolani, Straub and Wilcox medical centers.

Oda said the the company, which employs about 5,000 people statewide, is trying to minimize the number of job cuts. Many of the employees whose departments are being restructured or phased out will be allowed to transfer to other departments within the company.

The restructuring will take about 18 months, she said.

Nonprofit Hawaii Pacific Health has more than 1,000 physicians in its network.

Reach Rick Daysog at rdaysog@honoluluadvertiser.com.