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Trinity cuts 20 positions, system adds Georgia strength

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:05 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 12:52 AM
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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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Sweet son
Sweet son 07/31/13 - 09:02 pm
What a shame!

They will literally throw out people who have made them survive! It used to be the little community hospital on the hill but it sounds like they have gotten too big for their britches.

Wonder if Sister Clara Vincent who has dedicated her whole life to the hospital will survive?

Spokeswoman Covar should be the first to go!

IBeDogGone 07/31/13 - 09:33 pm

Only 2 months ago they had a link on Monster advertising positions and now they are releasing 20 people. I understand budgets I am in Healthcare also and I am greatful when cuts have to be made we reassign employees to different positions. St. Joe's has always been dear to me I had 2 babies there and got the best care in the world. Yeah it will always be St. Joseph Hospital to me not Trinity and I will always cherish ASU and MCG.

faithson 07/31/13 - 09:55 pm

bein' that one of those 20 positions being cut is my significant other and a treasured member of the hospital for 22 years, It is truly interesting to see how the 'new' corporate system works. It definitely is a far cry from the good old treasured memories of so many Augustan's. Corporate America, with it's secular humanistic tendencies IS the movement we should all be looking out for, even though the corporate media would have us thinking otherwise.

thetruth1 07/31/13 - 11:05 pm
Dark skies

20 was not the number divulged by other Trinity employees (and 700 is not the number of Trinity employees) Interesting to note that CHS, the parent company, spent 7 plus billion dollars while at the same time kicking loyal employees to the curb.

If you think morale influences health care, then I would seek medical services elsewhere.

Marinerman1 08/01/13 - 08:04 am
What are the correct numbers,

What are the correct numbers, then ??

DayinthePark 08/01/13 - 09:18 am
I agree with Sweet Son. Get

I agree with Sweet Son. Get rid of Covar. She is trying to put the focus on the HMA purchase which helped to put those 20 people of out of a job! If she lost her job, wonder if she would still be puttin a positive spin on the loss of the 20.

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