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More layoffs could come at Phoebe Putney


Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital announced layoffs Tuesday night, and more could be coming.

The hospital eliminated 33 leadership positions in a management reorganization that started in August and ended Tuesday. Some of those workers will be offered other jobs within Phoebe.

CEO Joel Wernick cited reductions Medicaid reimbursements, new regulations, and uncertainties with health care reform as reasons for the job cuts.

He also blamed Georgia's decision not to accept millions of dollars from the federal government to expand Medicaid, but Wernick stressed Phoebe is far from alone in cutting back. "Virtually every hospital in our country is aggressively pursuing reducing its expense footprint because the money coming into the industry is not equaling the money that's being expended," Wernick said.

He said the hospital will continue to look for ways to streamline all areas to reduce non-labor and labor costs. That means more job cuts are possible.

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