AvMed lays off areaworkers


Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 10:34 p.m.
AvMed Health Plan has laid off 79 full- and part-time employees statewide, including 26 from the work force in Gainesville.
The layoffs follow the elimination of 48 positions by attrition in recent months, all with the goal of making "staffing consistent with national industry standards for productivity," AvMed President and CEO Robert C. Hudson said.
"A decision to reduce staff for any reason is made with great care," Hudson said in a prepared statement. "However, as stewards of the company and our customers' premiums, senior management has a fundamental responsibility to make sound business decisions for the organization as a whole."
Affected employees were notified Jan. 8; most will leave this week, according to the statement. Eligible employees will receive a severance package, based on years of service, the company said. All of those laid off will be offered career planning and counseling and other help in finding a job.
AvMed, Florida's only statewide not-for-profit health plan, has corporate offices in Gainesville and in Miami.
All of those laid off will be offered career planning and counseling, and other help in finding a job.

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