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story.lead_photo.caption The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Little Rock campus is shown in this file photo. - Photo by Benjamin Krain

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will eliminate 124* additional jobs, through attrition rather than layoffs, the academic hospital’s chief financial officer said Friday as officials continue to grapple with a budget deficit.

UAMS in January announced it was cutting 600 positions, including 258 that were filled, as a way to cut a looming $72.3 million deficit, nearly twice the $39.8 million that had been authorized. The newly announced position cuts will bring total losses to 730, or about 6.6 percent of UAMS’ 10,900 employees.

Bill Bowes, UAMS’ senior vice chancellor for finance and administration, announced additional short- and long-term spending reductions, including the end of a $45 million plan to address maintenance issues and an ongoing review of employee benefits. The budget deficit is now forecasted to end the fiscal year no worse than $39 million, Bowes said.

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said UAMS would eliminate 130 additional jobs. Six of the jobs counted in that total were eliminated before Jan. 8.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • KnuckleBall
    February 23, 2018 at 4:56 p.m.

    I have a thought but the folks in the State House will not have the sense to think of this. Take all their special project funds that they have been funneling to their buddies and other crooks and give it to UAMS and the other colleges. They would do a much better job with it than the Crooks in the State House

  • NoUserName
    February 23, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.

    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. But that wouldn't get anywhere.
    7. Or where research is effectively stymied (try to get IRB approval, for instance).
    I disagree that UAMS would do a better job than the 'Crooks in the State House.' 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. 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.

  • PM1118
    February 23, 2018 at 8:53 p.m.

    Guess firing without notice, confiscating keys and badges then hiring private security to escort these longtime employees off campus didn’t work very well.

  • PM1118
    February 23, 2018 at 9:10 p.m.

    “No User Name” nailed it. UAMS has had no one who knows how to run a hospital for many years, Dan Rahn never met a consultant he didn’t like, costing millions, he also gave large raises in admin salaries on his way out of town, many faculty physicians do not see patients, access to appointments is dreadful. Hospital billing is a joke, one statement and the account is kicked to collection agencies costing 50%. Administration is so top heavy that the Vice Chancellor title is worthless - everyone has one. Public safety owns high dollar police cruisers when bicycles and walking would be a more commanding presence on campus. Terminated employees were treated like criminals. No wonder the institution is mired in debt. Morale is at an all time low - how are they going to recruit? What a mess!