NASHVILLE-Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which includes 576-bed Vanderbilt University Hospital, is blaming payment shortfalls from the state's Medicaid managed-care program, TennCare, and Medicare for a decision to cut 51 jobs. The jobs, which represent less than 1% of the medical center's total workforce, are all related to patient care. Vanderbilt University Hospital is expected to eliminate more positions in the future, according to hospital Chief Executive Officer Mark Penkhus. He said the 51 employees whose jobs are being cut should have no problem finding other positions in the system.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-Huntsville Hospital plans $10 million in cost-cutting measures including layoffs and cuts in services. Chief Executive Officer Joe Austin announced the cutback plan earlier this month. The company had expected to earn about $1 million during the past six months but lost $6 million. "Healthcare is changing," Austin said, citing Medicare cuts and lower reimbursement rates from private insurers and the government. Austin said he wasn't sure how many employees would lose their jobs or what services might be scaled back or consolidated. The hospital employs about 4,500 people. Chief Operating Officer Chuck Stokes said the layoffs will not include patient-care workers. The losses will not affect a $61 million expansion the hospital began a year ago. The project will add three parking decks, two office buildings and a tram.
BARTOW, Fla.-Nashville-based LifePoint Hospitals has opened the new $32 million Bartow Memorial Hospital to replace an aging 74-year-old facility. More than twice the size of the former hospital, the 125,000-square-foot hospital has 32 private beds and 24 semiprivate beds. The hospital, owned since 1996 by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., became part of LifePoint Hospitals last year when Columbia spun off 23 rural facilities.
OKLAHOMA CITY-Presbyterian Hospital's cancellation of a contract with the Oklahoma City Clinic will mean the loss of about two dozen jobs. Spokesman Dennis Gimmel said 20 to 25 nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians and staff received termination notices. "The positions eliminated are those involved in taking care of those patients we would have gotten from the Oklahoma City Clinic," he said. The clinic has six metro locations and sent nearly 30 patients a day to Presbyterian. University Health Partners, which oversees Presbyterian, University and Children's hospitals, is trying to find new positions for the terminated employees, Gimmel said. He said they won't return to Presbyterian. The hospital eliminated about 50 other jobs after the clinic contract was canceled last October.