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UAMS to erase 124 more jobs, slash spending

By Eric Besson

This article was originally published February 24, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated February 26, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Little Rock campus is shown in this file photo.

UAMS interim chancellor Stephanie Gardner

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will eliminate 124 more jobs, suspend a $45 million maintenance plan and make several other spending changes, the academic hospital's head of finance said Friday as officials addressed UAMS' budget crisis.

UAMS interim chancellor Stephanie Gardner

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Print Headline: UAMS to erase 124 more slots, slash spending; Jobs to go by attrition; cuts will halve deficit, exec says

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NoUserName says... February 24, 2018 at 9:46 a.m.

I'm not sure why the ADG doesn't just update the previous blurb from last night rather than post a completely new article. Having said that, here's what I said yesterday:
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1. Word on the street, from a source who would know, is that there will be faculty layoffs coming.
2. UAMS has run a deficit for like the last 10 years now. So, this shouldn't be news.
3. UAMS has INCREASED revenue by 40% since 2014 yet the expenses have increased at the same or even a higher rate. That is MISMANAGEMENT.
4. Why the heck does Dan Rahn have his name on a building when the guy left UAMS in shambles?
5. Good to see Pope just jumped ship.
6. I could talk about hiring practices where job postings are manipulated to get friends into positions.Or jobs being promised to people before the postings are even approved. But that wouldn't get anywhere.
7. Or where research is effectively stymied (try to get IRB approval, for instance).
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UAMS is a poorly run institution. The administration is clueless. The workers haven't had raises in forever but have seen benefit cuts. Morale is low. People just don't realize how bad the place is run. Unless they go for medical care and get a -usually- incorrect bill.
Instead they'd rather the state throw money at UAMS because, well, it's UAMS and that's got to be good, right? I feel bad for the employees who have to put up with this s**t.
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Speaking of Turnage, who cares little for research and more for how much money can be put into a surgeon's pocket, the position he now holds - Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs - had a $100k salary increase put through the day he took over for Roxanne. In addition, there are FACULTY benefits and PEON benefits. Two different things.

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KingCoyote says... February 24, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

It is amazing how people and the U of A will throw money at a terribly lousy football team but not donate to medicine.

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drs01 says... February 24, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

Any organization that cuts as many jobs as UAMS is the victim of severe mismanagement. My wife was a volunteer there until recently when she became frustrated with the lack of management oversight and the attitude of some employees.
I wonder just how much $$$ is in the advertising budget. They spend a ton of taxpayer $$$ that is needless expense.
UAMS is a two headed monster. The academic/research side is deserving. The business side is questionable. Both need stronger competent management. The public is directed to focus on the healing/research side. Recently bleeding hearts have come out in support. Few if any look at the business model and its failures. Thanks NoUser for giving us some real factual information.

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NoUserName says... February 24, 2018 at 4:36 p.m.

Speaking of Central Building maintenance, UAMS miscalculated the scope of the roof replacement this summer. Turned a 6 week job into a 3 month job. In addition, the company hired to do the work, not an Arkansas company I believe, had to start and stop and restart because they didn't have enough workers to even do the job.

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Bob99 says... February 24, 2018 at 8:36 p.m.

NoUserName is spot on!
WHY doesn't anyone investigate the total mismanagement and corruption at UAMS?!??
Disgusting and sad.....

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hillcrest05 says... February 24, 2018 at 10:17 p.m.

How much state funding is actually Medicaid match? And how much is funding of operations?

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TheGoodNurse says... February 25, 2018 at 3:37 a.m.

As a former nurse at UAMS, this is so obviously a managerial issue. The "new" culture at UAMS is the one of "prestige" & "ranking" rather than quality care with cost containment. The corporate section of UAMS is like Boardwalk & the actual hospital inpatient area is like the ghetto. Most of the nurse managers are absentee landlords with no managerial experience; solely nursing experience. I was and am proud of this institution but I left before the "purge". I refused to watch people who dedicated 20+ years of their lives only to be cut without warning or justification; simply an avenue lined with the mirage of compassion to avoid any potential lawsuit(s).
How about you cut the salary of the so called elite white collar section that work 9-5, M-F for $500,000/year?
Because you can't but hey, it's the state of Arkansas who foots the bill so I'm sure they don't care.
Smells like embezzlement on the corporate level....

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Bob99 says... February 25, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

One sad aspect of this is that the staff working in the trenches won't see a wage increase for another 10 years which puts UAMS pay below the local job market. When they cut benefits how will they attract quality staff? What is guaranteed is those non-essentials working M-F 9-5 making 6 figures will not receive any pay cut, if anything they will get an increase or bonus. The big losers are the citizens of Arkansas which voted the clowns in office that run this circus.

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