North Shore Med. Center to Cut Jobs; Boston Medical Gets $25M

David Roberts
March 14, 2017 — North Shore Medical Center, a nonprofit that operates hospitals in Salem and Lynn, which has suffered financial losses in the last two years, recently named David J. Roberts as its new president, who will oversee newly announced plans to cut 200 jobs, while Boston Medical Center recently received the largest donation in its 25-year history.

Roberts succeeds Robert G. Norton who retired as president of North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) in December 2016. Gregg S. Meyer has been serving as interim president since Norton’s departure and will continue in that role until Roberts transitions from his other roles as chief of cardiology and chair of medicine in the spring.

Roberts has been a member of the NSMC medical staff since 1985 and the Massachusetts General Hospital medical staff since 1993.

Earlier this month, Partners HealthCare, which operates NSMC, announced plans to cut 200 jobs, including positions already vacant, about 5% of the 4,000 employed, according to reports in The Boston Globe and Salem News.

NSMC includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Women’s Center and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group.

The job cuts "follow decisions by hospital officials to cut two clinical programs and scale back a major expansion project," The Globe reported, adding, "North Shore Medical Center has struggled for years. It lost $48 million on operations in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, after losing $36 million the previous year."

Last year, hospital officials decided to stop performing heart surgeries in Salem, due to low demand, The Globe reported, and recently said they would discontinue inpatient pediatric services.

Additional consolidation of the Salem and Lynn campuses may involve additional staff cuts, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal, which quoted Meyer saying, “Our current state isn’t sustainable. This is a radical change to right the ship.”

Boston Medical Center Received $25M Gift, Its Largest Ever

Boston Medical Center (BMC), a nonprofit, 496-bed facility located in the city's South End neighborhood, recently announced that it has received a 25 million gift from the Grayken family, the largest donation in BMC’s history

The funds will establish the BMC Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, which aims to offer groundbreaking clinical care innovations and prevention strategies and drive efforts to end the addiction crisis.

BMC is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine, and the largest safety net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England.