Southeast Alabama Medical Center cuts 80 jobs as revenue trends downward

Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan has eliminated 80 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan, according to the Dothan Eagle.

The 80 jobs represent about 2.8 percent of the 2,800 jobs at the hospital. The hospital did not specify which positions were affected by the cuts. 

SAMC's revenue has been on a decline in recent years, and the hospital ended 2016 with an operating loss of $2 million. To stem its losses, the hospital in February set a goal to cut $30 million in expenses and created task force groups to explore where cost reductions could be made, according to the report.

Although the hospital isn't facing a financial crisis, Mark Stewart, director of community relations at SAMC, told the Dothan Eagle the cost-cutting efforts will help prepare the facility for changes to come in the industry.

"If you take a look at healthcare as a whole throughout the country, everybody is trying to reinvent themselves," Mr. Stewart told the Dothan Eagle. "The important thing is we are not in crisis mode doing this … we don't want to get to that point. This is more like a life change for the hospital."

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