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Hospital cuts jobs to keep from closing

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Jobs have been cut at a North Georgia hospital in an effort to keep it from closing.

Murray Medical Center was on a path to lose 2-point-4 million dollars this year. It's partly funded by Hamilton Medical Center.

The hospital was given 30-days to figure out how to reduce its budget. The restructuring will include a reduction in staff of 16 full-time equivalents. Hours for temporary workers have also been reduced. No further staff reductions are planned.

The staff reductions include both clinical and non-clinical positions. Associates of Murray Medical Center affected by these cuts were notified today, and the cuts were effective immediately. There will be some severance benefits available for Murray associates who lost their jobs. Officials say no departments will be closed as a part of the staff cuts. The cuts are expected to help the hospital "break even".

Hospital Authority Chair Rick Bagley commended all the parties for their cooperation. "We hope that this reduction, while an incredibly difficult decision, will support the viability of Murray Medical Center. The Hospital Authority is dedicated to continuing to ensure that the residents of Murray County have access to quality care and the resources needed to best meet the needs of the community," says Bagley.

"We regret that we have to cut positions, but in order to bring our costs in line there was no way around it," says Gary Middleton, Chair of the Murray Medical Center, Inc. Board. 

Middleton went on to emphasize that the cuts will not compromise quality of care at Murray Medical Center. "Patient care is our number one priority. We not only pledge to maintain our high standards of care, but to continue to work towards improving our level of service to this community."

Other changes are still bring talked about.

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