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Hamilton County Commission mulls Erlanger contribution

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Most Hamilton County commissioners say they will keep an open mind about upping the county's contribution to Erlanger Health System to $5 million — and two say they support the idea. But commissioners want to see a lot more information about how Erlanger would spend it and whether Chattanooga will kick in funds, too.

Last week, hospital officials decided to freeze paid-time-off accruals for 4,000 employees until July. The measure is expected to save the hospital $5.4 million in the last three months of its fiscal year.

To help shore up the health system's finances, Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel is asking County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke to include $5 million each in their respective budgets for the hospital.

Both mayors have acknowledged the as-yet informal proposal, but neither has committed to pitching it to their legislative bodies.

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