Harris Health System announces 260 job cuts

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The Harris Health System, formerly known as the Harris County Hospital District, has just announced its plan to cut 260 jobs.

Harris Health runs Ben Taub General Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and several health facilities in the area.

Spokesman John Martinez says layoffs began last Friday and will be completed by this Friday. The jobs that have been slashed are mainly in support staff and not tied directly to patient care.

Martinez says the system is facing more than a $70 million budget shortfall due to a number of factors, including less money coming in from Medicaid and an increase in the number and cost of treating patients.

The Board of Managers is expected to meet 9am Thursday at their administrative office, 2525 Holly Hall, to discuss the budget.
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