Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala., said it laid off more than 200 employees, effective immediately, in a move expected to save about $10 million a year. The layoffs, targeted mostly at administrative positions, will shed approximately 4% of the 5,100 employees at six of the system's 10 hospitals and do not include physicians or bedside nurses, Baptist said. Four hospitals expected to leave the system were not be affected. They are 115-bed Cullman (Ala.) Regional Medical Center; 101-bed Coosa Valley Baptist Medical Center, Sylacauga; 45-bed Cherokee Baptist Medical Center, Centre; and 37-bed Lawrence Baptist Medical Center, Moulton. The news at Baptist has been almost uniformly gloomy since July 2003, when a doctors' revolt last year forced an abrupt end to a controversial plan to sell the system to for-profit Triad Hospitals. That triggered the dismissal of then-CEO Dennis Hall and the departure of about a dozen board members. Baptist earned $13.2 million on revenue of $404 million in the first six months of its fiscal 2004. -- by Michael Romano
Layoffs continue tumult at Ala. Baptist system
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