published Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Chattanooga: Erlanger hospital begins manager and director layoffs

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Erlanger Health System has notified employees that administrators will begin laying off managers and directors this week in a second phase of a labor management plan to cut costs.

In an inter-office memo to employees sent Wednesday, Erlanger officials said they would provide additional information to employees in coming days. The memo did not say how many positions will be affected.

“We understand that these departures will be difficult, both for those affected and for their employees,” the message stated.

Erlanger has lost $10.3 million in the last six months, due primarily to lower surgery numbers, officials have said.

In January, the hospital announced it had cut six executive positions, from 15 positions to nine. Three executives, including the former CEO, were given nearly $1 million in severance packages.

This week, voluntary and involuntary layoffs of managers and directors began. Staff layoffs will be the third phase of the plan, the memo stated.

The goal of this multi-phase plan is to start the next fiscal year — July 1, 2012 — without a deficit, officials said.

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about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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