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ACR cuts workforce 11% citing pandemic impact

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | April 17, 2024
Business Affairs
Earlier this month, the American College of Radiology made the decision to cut staffing by 11% in the interest of strengthening its financial position.

The news was initially shared with attendees at ACR’s annual meeting, taking place April 13-17 in Washington.

A statement on the workforce reduction, attributed to Dr. William T. Thorwarth, CEO of the ACR, was shared with HCB News:

    "After a thorough review of the organization, the American College of Radiology (ACR) made the difficult decision to reduce its workforce by approximately 11% to enhance the College's strong financial foundation as it continues to serve and advocate for its 40,000 members and their patients. The decision, which took effect earlier this month, was largely influenced by the cumulative result of the COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact, increased costs of providing improved member services, and rising inflation on multiple industries, including ours. While the ACR continually reviews operations, we do not anticipate a need for further such actions. The ACR remains committed to achieving regulatory, legislative and clinical environments that enable the highest quality patient care. The College will have no further comment on this personnel matter."
The ACR now employs approximately 510 people.

"The number of former employees impacted by the downsizing is 45. Additionally, approximately 18 positions will not be filled," an ACR spokesperson told HCB News. "The combination of these two groups resulted in the 11% reduction reported. Those unfilled positions may have contributed to the higher total figures quoted elsewhere."

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