Trillium to cut 33 positions

Trillium to cut 33 positions

Trillium Health Inc. plans to eliminate 33 jobs as a result of the recent economic upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit health center said Thursday. The cuts represent 12 percent of the agency’s workforce.

Andrea DeMeo
Andrea DeMeo

“This is an extremely difficult day for all of us,” said Trillium President and CEO Andrea DeMeo in a statement. “The impact of the coronavirus on our business finances, coupled with a reduction in revenue from pharmacy reimbursements during this fiscal year, has put us in the unfortunate position of having to make staff reductions that are necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of Trillium Health so we may continue to provide exceptional care to those who are proud to serve.”

Officials said the organization made every effort to avoid a reduction in its workforce, including applying for and receiving a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan to help cover payroll and rent, as well as cutting other expenses.

“This was a heavy and hard decision,” DeMeo said. “We have provided as much financial assistance as possible to our outgoing employees, who have given so much to our organization.”

Trillium Health will continue to provide medical care and support services at its Monroe Avenue clinic, Pathway Pediatrics and the Center for Gynecological Health and Wellness. The reductions are expected to impact some programs at the agency and participants in those programs will be notified and redirected to similar services in the region, officials said.

“We remain a competent, compassionate team of medical and social service professionals dedicated to serving our Greater Rochester community. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to fulfill our organization’s mission to promote health equity by providing extraordinary care for people from all backgrounds, regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or ethnicity,” DeMeo said.

Trillium Health is a federally qualified health center that serves the nine-county Rochester and Finger Lakes region. The agency was formed by the 2010 merger of AIDS Community Health Center and AIDS Rochester.

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