Columbus Regional Health to lay off 99

In a cost-cutting move, Columbus (Ga.) Regional Health plans to eliminate 219 positions, which will lead to 99 layoffs, including three members of executive leadership, according to a Ledger-Enquirer report.

The executive leaders who lost their jobs are Tamara Jackson, CEO of the system's Northside Medical Center in Columbus, Bonnie Franco, vice president and CNO of Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, and Mark Twilla, COO of Midtown Medical Center. In their absence, senior-level responsibilities will be reorganized and Scott Hill, president and CEO of Columbus Regional, will take on CEO responsibilities at Northside in the interim, according to the report.

Besides bedside nursing positions, which were unaffected, the layoffs and cuts impacted every level of the system, according to the report. In addition to the 99 layoffs, 120 positions were eliminated through attrition.

Columbus Regional employs roughly 3,150 people. The workforce reduction, in addition to savings found in the supply chain, is expected to save more than $23 million. Columbus Regional suffered operating losses in its 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, according to the report.

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