Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington last week laid off 82 workers as it readied itself to be sold to Doctors Community Healthcare Corp.
The layoffs eliminated or reduced the hours of full-time-equivalent positions in such nonclinical departments as food service, housekeeping and other support staff, said hospital spokeswoman Michelle LeSane. The hospital didn't lay off nurses or physicians.
The hospital still employs about 900 workers.
The layoff was driven by the hospital's current management, Quorum Health Resources' turnaround unit, Cambio Health Solutions, not by Doctors Community, a for-profit system based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
A federal bankruptcy court approved the layoffs last month.
Doctors Community agreed to purchase Greater Southeast last month for $21.3 million, averting a possible liquidation of the 262-bed hospital (Nov. 22, p. 8). The deal is expected to be completed by January.
The hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, struggling under the burden of $70 million in debt.