WellStar eliminates 29 corporate positions
by MDJ staff
June 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 5199 views | 7 7 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

WellStar has announced restructuring within the nonprofit health care system, and almost 30 corporate jobs are being affected.

Officials say the changes are being made to plan for the future, as the federal government reduces the amount of money it pays to hospitals.

“These changes help us respond to external challenges in the marketplace and across the nation, and make way for new roles needed to take care of our patients and our community,” Reynold Jennings, WellStar chief executive officer, said in a June 4 letter obtained by the MDJ.

Jennings wrote all positions affected are corporate, non-clinical roles, and severance benefits have been offered.

A hospital spokesperson said 11 officer positions were eliminated and 18 team members were displaced, which means the nonprofit will attempt to find other jobs for the employees at WellStar. If they cannot, Jennings said they would also be offered severance.

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Reality Check
June 08, 2014
All that glitters is not gold!!

Four years or so ago, WellStar executives created a vision for the organization. They conducted national searches to bring in the talent needed to achieve that vision. Unfortunately, the executives did not support the leadership talent. WellStar achieved great accolades and accomplishments due in large part to the dedicated, talented people whose jobs have been eliminated!

I've Heard
June 08, 2014
Rumors are swirling that WellStar is considering selling Cobb Hospital to another health system. Has anyone else heard this?
More Efficient
June 07, 2014
I think this is a positive move towards being more efficient.

I always hate it when people think non-profits should have people making small salaries. You don't want someone making $65,000 a year running a billion dollar a year company. And as complicated as healthcare is getting as a "field", you definitely want to pay for good and intelligent leadership.

People in this community need to start realizing what an asset they have in WellStar both in the healthcare they provide and in the financial impact it has here through employment and capital investment.
June 06, 2014
It is about time some of these "non-profit hospitals trimmed some of the fat. Working at a not for profit institution myself where ther3 are so many campaigns begging for money, yet the executives walk away with such large bonuses while clinical staf are left struggling.I hope this is a trend and more cuts will follow at other organizations.
June 06, 2014
Yeah but they are not eliminating the correct people that need to go
former employee
June 11, 2014
Did they say which positions were let go?
Just Wunderin
June 06, 2014
Three Questions for Jennings:

1) If the positions are being eliminated, were they really necessary to begin with or could the money all along have been used for more nurses, technicians and/or equipment?

2) If Wellstar is going to really being saved? You are still paying someone, just shuffling them. And will they be paid their high salary in the new the new position? This is often done for the "higher paid executives" so as not to inconvenience them.

3)Lastly, will the members of the Wellstar Board still receive health insurance from Wellstar, as a part of their compensation package for being a Board member?
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