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Memorial Health Care System announces restructuring, workforce reduction

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Memorial Health Care System announced Thursday that it is restructuring.

Memorial will reduce its workforce by approximately 70 or less than two percent. "Our highest priority is to maintain a culture of excellence in clinical care and patient safety while positioning the organization to respond to the pressures of healthcare reform." said Hobson.

Memorial Health Care System President and CEO James M. Hobson said, "Since the economic recession of 2008 and reform spurred by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health care has undergone a period of transformational change," said Hobson.

"Hospitals across the nation are faced with decreasing reimbursement from commercial payers while the number of Medicare enrollees swells. At Memorial we've implemented initiatives to sharpen our focus on the core competencies of the health system and achieve best in class in quality, cost, and the patient experience."

"Just as we adopt national quality benchmarks for the delivery of clinical care, we acknowledge that being a best in class hospital means we must continually evaluate how we deliver that care to ensure our workforce meets evolving patient needs, said Hobson. 

"As medicine advances, how care is delivered is changing. Some procedures have moved to an outpatient setting while other conditions have transitioned to observation status. How people seek care has changed as well. As other industries reduce expenses by engaging high deductible health plans, more people are delaying medical care or forgoing elective procedures. Those shifts in the care delivery call us to refine our staffing structure so resources are appropriately allocated for optimum service to our patients," said Hobson.

"We have many achievements to celebrate:  the area's only 100 Top Hospital, recognition by LeapFrog and Consumer Reports for quality and patient safety, opening new ORs and the area's first hybrid operating suite, being the area's first hospital to perform advanced heart techniques, among others," said Hobson. 

"As a major employer in the Chattanooga region, we remain committed to our mission of building healthier communities. Appropriately aligning our workforce to respond to new care delivery models in a transformational era will well-position Memorial as we move forward on long-range projects such as the Future Memorial master facility plan at Memorial and Memorial Hixson, implementing the Cerner electronic medical record platform, developing our lung program, advancing our heart and vascular center, and expanding the capability of our Ooltewah facility," he said.

Memorial Health Care System announced Thursday that it is restructuring. Memorial will reduce its workforce by approximately 70 or less than two percent.

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