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Facing financial pressures partly due to the coronavirus, Trillium cuts 33 jobs

A Rochester health center is cutting jobs as a result of financial pressures partially caused by the coronavirus.

Trillium Health says it will eliminate 33 jobs, which is 12% of its workforce.  The organization, which is based on Monroe Avenue, said that it made every effort to avoid a reduction in its staff, including receiving a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan to help cover payroll and rent, and cutting other expenses. But officials say the layoffs were needed so that Trillium could continue to provide quality, affordable healthcare.

“This is an extremely difficult day for all of us,” said Andrea DeMeo, President and CEO of Trillium Health. “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 whom are proud to serve.”

DeMeo said that Trillium provided as much financial assistance as possible to the employees who will be losing their jobs.

Trillium Health will continue to provide medical care and support services at the clinic at 259 Monroe Avenue, Pathway Pediatrics, and the Center for Gynecological Health and Wellness.  Officials said the position reductions will impact some programs at Trillium Health, and participants in these programs will be notified and redirected to similar services in the region.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.