Medical Center Uses Cascade Approach to Discuss Layoffs Reorganization Initiative Calls for 1,200 FTE Cuts

After showing record losses of $13 million in 1996, the writing was on the wall for the University of Michigan Medical Center (UMMC), based in Ann Arbor, to tighten its spending by cutting $200 million over the next three years to become financially sound. When the ax had to fall on it's staff - ultimately cutting 1,200 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in 1996 with projections of 1,000 more in 1997 - the communications department had to use every tool in its arsenal to set the record straight on why such drastic downsizing was necessary.