Tennessee hospital to lay off 15% of staff

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Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tenn., plans to lay off 20 employees, or about 15 percent of the hospital's 130-person workforce, according to the Independent Herald.

The hospital's one-year anniversary is in August, and officials said the facility has been overstaffed since it opened.

"We have taken a cautious approach to staffing levels throughout our startup phase and ensured that we had more staff on hand than was perhaps necessary to facilitate the set-up of the system employed and provide the necessary levels of care," the hospital said in a statement to the Independent Herald.

Hospital officials determined staffing cuts needed to be made after a thorough examination of the facility's business, including its cost structure and patient volume.

The hospital closed in July 2016 after negotiations with an unnamed company fell through. West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rennova Health acquired the facility in January 2017 and reopened the hospital in August.

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