CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Erlanger Health System will cut 23 to 30 management positions by March 31 and offer a voluntary buyout program at the staff level as part of an ongoing plan to get the public hospital back into the black.

Most of the management positions were cut this week.

The manager and director layoffs comprise about 20 percent to 25 percent of Erlanger's midlevel management and will save the hospital about $2.5 million a year, Chief Administrative Officer Gregg Gentry said Friday.

"We wanted to start at the leadership level," Gentry said.

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