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Duke Health to reduce 280 positions in effort to ‘right-size and realign’ internal functions

Duke University Health System has identified ​​280 positions for reduction after “careful consideration and in-depth analysis over many months,” according to a Thursday statement written by Duke Health officials.

The change is part of an effort to “right-size and realign the structure of some of its administrative and operational functions,” according to the statement.

Duke Health officials wrote that the positions would be reduced primarily through “retirements, redeployments and closures of vacant positions.” 

Fewer than 50 administrative and managerial positions will be affected, and affected employees will be provided support through “outplacement services and redeployments where possible.”

“Duke University Health System remains steadfast in its mission to advance the way we deliver care and remain a vital resource to those who come to us for hope, health, and healing,” the statement read. 

The Chronicle asked Sarah Avery, director of the Duke Health News Office, about expectations for the new DUHS organizational structure, what the timeline for the changes would look like and what prompted the need for the changes. 

Avery directed The Chronicle to Stephanie Lopez, media relations manager at the Duke Health News Office, who provided a copy of the original statement. Lopez did not respond for comment.

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