Houston Chronicle (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4029953.html The head of the University of Texas Medical Branch predicted that its plan to cut 1,000 jobs will require about 720 people to be laid off, with other reductions coming through attrition and transfers. The Galveston institution, the second-largest hospital in the Houston area behind Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, said recently it planned to eliminate as many as 1,000 jobs. That is equal to 1,300 full-time equivalent positions because some of those losing their jobs work more than 40 hours a week, according to a UTMB spokeswoman. John Stobo, the hospital's president, estimated attrition and transfers will reduce the job loss. About 80 of 400 open jobs likely will be filled by people whose positions are disappearing. About 200 of the 1,000 jobs targeted probably will be left open after people quit or retire. UTMB said most of those losing their jobs will get the news by Aug. 1.