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#1 Oct 27, 2011
What are your thoughts about the layoffs announced yesterday by Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville, formerly Mercy Health System?
#3 Oct 27, 2011
Clearly the system was not being managed correctly. If systems and processes are to change then the same managers cannot be left in place because they are unable to do the job. If what remains is still not adequate then more change will be needed.
#4 Oct 27, 2011
I think this is just the first wave of several to come, unless the number of patients increase and the reimbursement increases as well. Neither is likely. This is a for-profit group and they will do whatever they have to for profitability. These cost reductions are just the low hanging fruit. Once they have a chance to identify the waste and duplication there will be many more.
#5 Oct 31, 2011
I have to agree with John. I am a Tennova employee and this is a scary time for us. A lot of good people lost their jobs this past week. Most of them,it seems, had been there many many years and were close to retirement, which is a sad truth. Bottomline is that the merger with Baptist never should have happened and it would still be St. Mary's and we would still be focused on The poor and underserved. That's why I started for St. Mary's years ago. Unfortunately I don't see myself staying there much longer with the restructuring.I am not in fear of losing my job personally, but you never know what could happen.
People were surprised about the layoffs,but if everything was working properly then we would not have been sold. Changes had to happen, just sooner than we were led to believe.
#6 Oct 31, 2011
I do feel sorry for the employees. I also agree that the BHS / St. Mary's merger did not make any sense. I don't think it was the merger at fault for this happening, though. neither health system should never have built new facilities and gone further and further into debt with no real way for the revenue from these facilities to offset the cost. Both systems should have focused on being the best with what they had in place.
#7 Oct 19, 2012
Even after the HMA buy-out, local management basically stayed the same. Same poor management, same poor results.
What a shame, because clinically, these are great facilities.
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