Hamilton County Commission mulls Erlanger contribution
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
Both mayors have acknowledged the as-yet informal proposal, but
neither has committed to pitching it to their legislative bodies.