CHICAGO HEIGHTS - About 125 employees at both St. James Hospital campuses in the south suburbs lost their jobs Monday. Franciscan St. James announced the the hospital laid off six percent of its work staff at its Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields campuses.
Hospital officials say the looming Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is forcing it to shift its business model from in-patient hospital admissions to outpatient care. The intention is to "deliver quality care more efficiently while reducing hospital admissions."
"Under the new law, institutions such as Franciscan St. James are, in fact, encouraged to keep patients out of the hospital, and are penalized for certain hospital re-admissions," their press release says.