Trinity cuts 20 positions, system adds Georgia strength

 

Trinity Hospital of Augusta is cutting 20 positions, but a spokeswoman says it will not affect patient care or services.

Meanwhile, Trinity’s parent company is acquiring another hospital chain that will add three more hospitals in Georgia and increase its leverage with insurers, spokeswoman Rachel Covar said.

Trinity is cutting 20 mainly administrative and support positions across the hospital, which is “very minimal,” out of 700 employees, Covar said. Some services that had been offered outpatient will only be offered inpatient now, she said.

The move is in response to “a challenging operating environment,” Covar said. “Fewer patients are seeking care at the same time we are experiencing lower reimbursement, higher operating costs and the continued burden of uncompensated care.”

Meanwhile, Trinity’s parent company, Community Health Systems, announced Tuesday that it will acquire Health Management Associates, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That would give CHS 206 hospitals in 29 states, including five in Georgia, up from two earlier. That could give the hospital network more weight when dealing with the state’s insurers, Covar said.

“Overall, just having more hospitals in the state of Georgia is very beneficial for the hospital,” she said.

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