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Hutcheson Medical Center laid off 58 employees

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Hutcheson Medical Center reported the layoffs of 58 employees and significant losses at the hospital and its clinics during its regularly scheduled Sept. 30 board meeting.

Since last November, the Fort Oglethorpe-based hospital has operated under federal bankruptcy court protection.

In early September, as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization, judge Paul Bonapfel appointed a trustee to oversee the potential sale of the hospital.

At the same time, Hutcheson’s president and CEO Farrell Hayes said a 13-week budget presented to the trustee included cuts that could allow the hospital to remain open during negotiations about its eventual sale.

During the Wednesday night board meeting Hayes said 58 hospital employees had been laid off since Sept. 1 and several departments were either merged or closed.

Those losing their jobs — most in middle management positions — were not offered severance packages but were paid through the last day of their employment, he said.

“Cuts are due to the trustee’s directions to cut costs,” Hayes said after the meeting.

Affected departments included ICU, security, engineering, health information management at the hospital proper and the heads of dietary and environmental services at the adjacent Parkside Nursing Home.

As part of the cost-cutting measures the hospital is no longer performing emergency surgeries at the main campus — all surgical procedures are now being scheduled and done at Hutcheson on the Parkway. Also, all non-emergency labor and delivery services have been curtailed and the hospital’s Women’s Center has closed.

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