NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Some big job cuts are coming to New Haven: in July, the Hospital of Saint Raphael will merge with Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Many hospital workers were worried that they would lose their jobs, and now those affected say they got the dreaded letters.
"It's terrible," said Doreen Silver, Supervisor of Accounts Payable. "We are family here and I know everybody."
Silver feels like she's being forced to abandon her work family. She's worked at the hospital for 18 years. She and her entire department of seven got word that they're days are numbered.
"We knew it was coming, but we are surprised," Silver said.
Saint Raphael's Vice President of Corporate Affairs says about 200 people have been told they may lose their jobs because of Saint Raphael's merging with Yale-New Haven Hospital. The number is an estimate, and could be reduced because vacancies are being left unfilled at Yale-New Haven in anticipation of the merger.
The job losses include people in management and other roles that would be duplicated in the merger, and tend to be in infrastructure or support roles. This does include a small number of direct care givers, but no doctors were let go.
Some employees didn't want to talk period, but other opened up with News 8.
"Are you worried about losing your job," asked News 8's Erin Logan.
"Yeah, a little bit," replied Johnny Williams, transport. "A lot of people around here are going crazy cause of what happened."
"We are panicking cause we have our bills and our mortgage and our kids to take care of," said Patricia Johnson, Environmental Services, "and the economy is already bad."
"Hopefully, it's gonna be for the better, so we'll see," said Dr. Teofilo Matos.
Saint Raphael's says it's anticipated that more jobs will be created in the long run because Yale-New Haven Hospital intends to expand certain clinical services to the Saint Raphael's campus.
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