Staff adjustments ongoing at WakeMed

Posted January 18, 2011

— Staff adjustments are ongoing at WakeMed as part of the health care provider’s “Road to Excellence” initiative that was announced last fall.

Debbie Laughery, WakeMed Health & Hosptials’ vice president of public relations, says the health care system over the past several months has decided not to fill about 80 vacant positions across its 12 campuses, while adding about 160 other jobs.

Thirty-two workers were notified this month that their positions have been eliminated, including 10 in police and public safety. Laughery says the move, which included five people in management positions, does not compromise employee or patient safety.

Some of the 32 workers have been hired in different roles or shifted to part-time schedules.

WakeMed currently employs about 7,700 people.

The hospital says its “Road to Excellence” initiative looks at all aspects of operations to help ensure efficiency, effectiveness and quality patient care while cutting annual operating costs as much $60 million to $87 million.


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  • Grandpeople Jan 19, 2011

    Don't give up. Besides, there are many good hospitals in this area. Not just WakeMed. But we can thank Obamacare for the layoffs and cut backs. Too bad but not my fault.

  • firebill2010 Jan 19, 2011

    Unfortunately, the public has only received part of the story. I am a nurse at WakeMed. A large majority of the RN's were recently informed that our pay was being cut by as much as $5-$7 per hour in attempt to "save money." Our 403B plan was not matched for the entire year of 2010 however, Bill Atkinson's (our fearless CEO) continued to be matched! If you are looking for a job in nursing, think twice before knocking on the door of WakeMed! Patients end up suffering when they are in the care of a miserable individual. Unfortunately, I am seeing lots of miserable employees at WakeMed. Cutting police officers, housekeeping, and nursing staff while continuing to pay out $400K in yearly bonuses to Atkinson on top of his $1.6M per year?!? Really??? Who is running this facility and where are your brains?

  • erincrn Jan 19, 2011

    Please help me understand why staff positions are being eliminated and nursing pay is being cut while Bill Atkinson still makes 1.6 million a year. Why are police and public safety positions being eliminated in a Level 1 trauma center that sees gang related violence and has had known violent disturbances in the emergency department lobby as well as in the patient care areas? Why is WakeMed continuing to build when WakeMed Apex routinely has more staff than patients? Not to mention that it is 5 minutes from WakeMed Cary. Maybe someone should look deeper into Bill Atkinson's financial history in New Hanover County.

  • Centurian Jan 19, 2011


    WakeMed "has decided not to fill about 80 vacant positions across its 12 campuses, while adding about 160 other jobs." That looks like "plus 80 jobs" to me, so maybe there's still hope for you to get hired there. WakeMed has a good reputation for patient care AND as a good employer also.

  • Curlyq Jan 18, 2011

    I really want to work at Wakemed. This is not good news for me since I graduate in May and have my heart set on them.