Middle Tennessee Medical Center is laying off less than 3 percent of its workforce in an attempt to improve efficiency, said a hospital spokesperson.
The hospital wouldn’t release how many actual employees will be affected from position eliminations because plans haven’t been finalized, said Angie Boyd-Chambers, director of public relations at MTMC.
“This decision was a very difficult one to make, but it was the right thing to do for many reasons,” she said. “As we move forward, this will give us the ability to flex staffing with our volumes more effectively. While our market position is strong, due to changes in the national healthcare environment, it is necessary to ensure the continued strength of the hospital.”
MTMC employs approximately 1,200 so the layoffs could affect some 36 employees hospital wide. Employees were notified beginning Friday, Feb. 15.
Position eliminations will be finalized this week, Boyd-Chambers said.
“We do understand that this is a life interruption and we do want to reverence these associates,” Boyd-Chambers said. “Those involved have been offered a 30-day notice, a severance package consistent with our policies, and they will have access to counseling if needed. In addition, we provide a placement services to help them look for new employment.”
MTMC decided to eliminate an unspecified number of positions after reviewing hospital operations over the past several months.
The hospital has “identified opportunities for improvement by incorporating national best practice processes,” Boyd-Chambers said.
MTMC assures patient care will not be affected by the layoffs, she said.
“Our patients remain our No. 1 priority,” Boyd-Chambers said. “The associates at MTMC will maintain our level of patient care and remain mission driven. We are proud of our associates who make a difference in someone’s life everyday with the compassionate care they provide.”
MTMC is currently in the process of developing a new $268 million hospital on Medical Center Parkway. The new facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2010.