Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, announced a new head of its Florida region at the same time that its 11 hospitals in South Florida announced nearly 350 layoffs.
Marsha Powers has been named senior vice president of operations and will be based in South
Florida, effective Sept. 28, Tenet said. Powers, 53, most recently was a division
president at Triad Hospitals, Plano, Texas, for the past six years. Powers, named a
Modern Healthcare Up & Comer in 1994, oversaw the operations of 11 hospitals and
two ambulatory surgery centers across seven states. Triad was acquired in July for $6.97
billion by Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn.
The layoffs are a result of general patient-volume weakness in South Florida, Tenet
officials said. Tenet had noted the weakness of the market in its quarterly earnings
release in August. The number of winter-only residents, or snowbirds, declined after the
2005 hurricane season, especially because of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Wilma, and
tourism also declined, the officials said. Tenet officials noted that other hospitals in
the area, including Boca Raton (Fla.) Community Hospital and Martin Memorial Health
Systems, Stuart, Fla., have shed workers in recent months.
The layoffs are evenly split between the companys two markets in the region, one focused
on Palm Beach County and the other focused on Miami-Dade County. Most of the layoffs are
in support-staff positions, although some are expected to involve nonnurse caregivers. --
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