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Illinois Healthcare Jobs with UIC Cut

Posted on December 18, 2008

Some Illinois healthcare jobs will soon be lost as a major institution cuts jobs.

The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
recently announced its plan to eliminate 200 positions during the next eight months, according to an article by WBEZ. The job cuts, which will include mostly non-clinical positions, are expected to save the hospital more than $25 million next year.

Hospital officials say the job cuts are necessary as the hospital has to reduce its budget because of the poor economy. And while some government reimbursement is hoped for, it won’t make up for the rising cost of healthcare.

“At this point we don’t expect at all that it will impact the quality of healthcare or patient safety here,” Spokesperson Sherri McGinnes Gonzalez said in the article. “This is something that we are taking thoughtful and deliberate actions now to hopefully avoid tougher decisions later.”

Illinois‘ education and health services industry employed 790,100 workers during October 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 791,100 workers during September, but a .8 percent increase from last year.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security Guide to Career Choices, overall employment growth in the health services industry is expected to increase faster than the statewide average through 2014.

“As the overall population ages, there will be an increasing demand for health services, especially home healthcare, nursing and residential care,” the report states. “Advances in medical technology will continue to improve the survival rate of severely ill and injured patients, who will then need extensive therapy and care. Also contributing to industry growth will be the shift from inpatient to less expensive outpatient care.”

It is expected the most annual job openings will be in the nursing sector, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing aides. Fast growth also is expected for those in occupations outside the inpatient hospital sector, such as medical assistants and home health aides.

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians and medical records and health information technicians also are expected to be in high demand. The report notes job-seekers with health-specific training will have an easier time obtaining jobs and advancing in their careers in the industry.

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