Hawaii Medical Center to layoff about 80 employees

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii Medical Center announced it will reduce its workforce by at least eighty employees, to bring staffing levels into balance with the number of patients at its hospitals.

The center came to the decision based on a recommendation by a consulting firm it has hired.

"Our turn-around experts recommended this action in order to help us survive in a difficult economic time for the heath care industry.  While it is a hard decision, we recognize the need and will follow their recommendation," said Dr. Danelo Canete, HMC Chief Executive Officer.  

Canete said the staff reductions would remain in effect until HMC's patient census increases and is sustained.

The workforce reductions will include both clinical and non-clinical staff.