Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is looking to offshore roles throughout the organization to enhance efficiency, according to executive chairman and CEO Ronald Rittenmeyer’s Jan. 8 presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.
Tenet, one of the nation’s major for-profit hospital operators, did not specify what areas of the organization would be affected. However, Mr. Rittenmeyer told The Dallas Morning News that Tenet will “look at aggressively” offshoring jobs “across the whole enterprise,” which includes Conifer Health Solutions, the company’s Frisco, Texas-based healthcare business services subsidiary.
Mr. Rittenmeyer told the publication that Tenet hadn’t determined how many workers would be displaced. He said he expects it will be more than 1,000 but “certainly not 10,000 or 5,000.”
“The number moves around, depending on what we’re looking at,” he added.
Mr. Rittenmeyer said direct patient care employees such as physicians and nurses won’t be affected, but the offshoring could affect employees who manage corporate functions, according to the Morning News.
He told the publication changes will not take place immediately; he expects them to happen over the next 12 to 18 months.
When contacted by Becker’s, Tenet declined to provide more information on the offshoring plans.
But according to the Morning News, Mr. Rittenmeyer expects to release more information at an upcoming employee town hall meeting.
Tenet’s enterprise includes three areas — hospital operations, Conifer and its Addison, Texas-based ambulatory services operation, United Surgical Partners International. A company spokesperson told the Morning News that Tenet’s total North Texas workforce is about 6,150 employees.