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Grady Health System plans to cut 150 jobs


ATLANTA --- The organization that runs Atlanta's largest hospital on Wednesday announced it's cutting 150 jobs, saying the worsening economy and growing numbers of uninsured patients forced the decision.

Grady Health System, which employs about 5,000 people, said none of the positions was involved in direct patient care.

The system's centerpiece is Grady Memorial, a 950-bed hospital in downtown Atlanta. It is one of the nation's largest public hospitals and a mainstay of the region's health care safety net for people who lack comprehensive medical insurance or who are on public health insurance programs.

Grady provides more than $250 million in charity care each year. It has had chronic financial problems, with net losses of about $37 million in 2008 and $35 million in 2007.

The Grady system also includes nine neighborhood health centers, a nursing home and a pediatric care center.