Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Healthcare announced plans for 191 layoffs among its 2,750-member workforce and said the decision was prompted by lower admissions, including a 7% decline through the first half of 2003. The 578-bed hospital will be under new leadership as of Monday, when G. Mark O'Bryant takes over as CEO. O'Bryant, who has been senior vice president and COO at Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn., succeeds the hospital's longtime CEO, Duncan Moore, who resigned effective June 23. The job cuts will occur across the board, Senior Vice President Ron Brafford said. "We tried not taking away the core nursing," Brafford said. The cuts come during a year in which the hospital opened a new emergency room and began building a women's and children's center. -- by Patrick Reilly
Fla. hospital to cut jobs as admissions decline
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