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Company Eliminates Healthcare Jobs in CT

Posted on March 16, 2010

Apria Healthcare, a company that distributes diabetic and respiratory supplies to patients in Connecticut and across the nation, has said that it will lay off 15 workers by the end of April, thereby eliminating several healthcare jobs in CT.

The reason is unclear, according to HartfordBusiness.com.

The announcement comes at a time when Connecticut jobs are on the decline.

Apria employs more than 11,000 people in 504 branch offices in the United States. It serves more than 1 million patients a year, the Web site says. The Blackstone Group, a big New York-based private equity investment firm, bought Apria in 2008.

According to Tampa Bay Online.com, the company has been “restructuring its operations and outsourcing some work overseas.”

Tampa Bay Online.com reported in February that Apria planned to cut as many as 79 jobs in that Florida region.

They reported that in June, Apria filed documents with the Labor Department seeking to win federal training assistance for several hundred workers nationwide under the Training Adjustment Assistance program. The TAA program helps people who lost work because of foreign competition.

How many local employees are among those being cut was unclear this week. Apria operates a back-office operation at 5414 Beaumont Center Blvd. in Tampa, and in the company’s TAA application it says it already eliminated or will eliminate 79 patient billing and collections jobs in Tampa by March.

The company is restructuring its business model and outsourcing some internal functions to a foreign country, although the application doesn’t name the country.

An earlier layoff notice filed with Florida suggests the number of job cuts was somewhat smaller. Apria had filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification document with the state in November saying it would lay off 61 people in Tampa, with the cuts coming by Dec. 31 of last year.

The Connecticut jobs to be shed include customer service specialists, and several supervisor and/or manager positions, according to the labor agency.

An Apria official could not be immediately reached for comment this morning.

Apria offers home respiratory and infusion therapy and home medical equipment services through a national network of more than 11,000 health professionals in more than 504 branches.

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