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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal is shown in this file photograph. Advocate Aurora Health, which includes Advocate BroMenn, said on Wednesday that the health care system, which has 70,000 employees in two states, has offered early retirement buyouts to about 300 management employees.

NORMAL — Advocate Aurora Health, which includes locations in Central Illinois, is offering voluntary early retirement buyouts to about 300 management employees.

Advocate Aurora spokesman Adam Mesirow did not have on Wednesday an exact number of Central Illinois Advocate management employees who have been offered the buyout. Advocate Aurora has 28 hospitals and 70,000 employees in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Advocate includes Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka, Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center and Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center in Bloomington and Advocate Medical Group offices throughout Central Illinois.

In an emailed statement to The Pantagraph, Mesirow said "Aligned with our commitment to transform care and accelerate affordability, we offered a voluntary early retirement program to management who meet certain eligibility requirements based on age and years of service. Approximately 300 individuals are evaluating whether or not to opt into the program."

"This voluntary early retirement program has been offered to select team members in management positions over the age of 60 with more than 10 years' experience," Mesirow said. "Leaders who are eligible have already been notified. We expect those opting to participate in the program will transition into retirement within the upcoming months."

Chicago-area-based Advocate Health Care merged with Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care on April 1, 2018. Advocate management said then that the bigger platform would benefit patients.

Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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