Beth Israel Deaconess doctors donate $350K to avert layoffs

In an unprecedented show of support for hospital staffers (well, we've never heard of such a thing, anyway), the heads of 13 medical departments at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have agreed to donate $350,000 to help reduce the need for staff layoffs. The department heads have also put out a call to doctors affiliated with the facility asking them to donate in an effort to save jobs.

The department heads sent a letter out this week to about 1,100 physicians, including both those on Beth Israel Deaconess staff and in private practices affiliated with the hospital, urging them to make "as generous a contribution as possible."

The donations follow a round of brainstorming that took place recently because of the hospital's struggles to address a projected $20 million loss for its current fiscal year. Cost-cutting measures proposed by employees already have reduced the number of planned layoffs from 600 to 150, according to CEO Paul Levy, who has been reporting on the effort on his blog.

To learn more ongoing efforts to save jobs at Beth Israel:
- read this piece from The Boston Globe

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