Erlanger cuts management positions

Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., has eliminated or restructured 30 management positions as part of a management reorganization, the health system confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.

Pat Charles, a spokesperson for Erlanger, said "30 management positions had been eliminated or restructured at Erlanger on Oct. 21, effective this month."

"We are not reporting on specific numbers eliminated versus restructured. Those affected by Erlanger's management reorganization have been notified," she added.

The changes come after Erlanger board members reached an agreement with Kevin Spiegel, the health system's former CEO, and named William Jackson, MD, his successor in September.

The board directed Dr. Jackson to address physician relations, reorganize Erlanger's management structure and reorganize the governance structure of the health system's medical group, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The newspaper noted that Erlanger employed about 280 managers prior to the management reorganization.  

"Over the past few months we have re-examined the management structure of our organization in detail, and we are confident [the changes] …will enable us to act more decisively and efficiently for the benefit of our patients and community," Dr. Jackson told the Free Press

Editor's note: This story was updated Oct. 22.

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