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Phoebe cuts staff, vows to serve patients

Phoebe Health System CEO Joel Wernick Phoebe Health System CEO Joel Wernick
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Phoebe Putney management says they hope to continue to hire more physicians and other medical staff to expand health care services in south Georgia, even as they consider other layoffs to cut expenses.

Phoebe Health System CEO Joel Wernick said while 33 people have lost their positions, he says the cutbacks wont stop them from taking care of patients. He says the uninsured residents in Georgia and the state's decision not to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act forced them to eliminate 33 people in management level positions.

He says every hospital in the country is making cutbacks because of recent healthcare changes.

"Those changes have now hit right here in South Georgia. one of those things we carefully have to do is re engineer and reevaluate how we do things. One things that will also be at the top of our efforts is to make sure that patient care we provide is the highest quality," he said.

 Wernick also mentions that no doctors or physicians will be cut because they are always looking to recruit and bring in more doctors to take care of patients.

He says by eliminating the management level positions millions of dollars will be saved for the health system. Hospital officials say the hospital will continue to look for ways to reduce non- labor and labor-related costs. That could result in other layoffs.

 

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