This is the largest lay off of its kind since 2004.  We are back to the same old imagesituation and story, money once again.  Back in 2008 the hospital/clinic chain has tried their hand at retail clinics as well and I don’t know if that is still alive and well today.  BD 

Hospital system to try in-store clinics - Washington

Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System, Pierce County’s largest private employer, announced Tuesday that it would eliminate by early autumn up to 350 positions from its work force of 9,400.

In the first round of selecting which positions will be lost – and before mandatory layoffs – MultiCare employees will be offered the opportunity to retire or leave voluntarily.

said MultiCare will receive $37.6 million less reimbursement for the 2011-2013 biennium than offered by the state in the most recent biennium. The figure includes a $10 million reduction that began July 1. The health system also has faced $14.8 million in additional expenses from charity care and bad debt through May, compared with the same period last year.

MultiCare operates more than 100 facilities in Pierce and King counties, including four hospitals, 84 clinics and 22 program-outreach offices.

Tacoma-based MultiCare to lay off up to 350 employees by fall | Business - The News Tribune

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