Erlanger Includes Employee Raises, Despite Projected $4.5 Million Loss

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Erlanger Health System is giving nurses a three percent raise and other hospital employees two percent increases despite the forecast of a $4.5 million loss for the coming year.

Kevin Spegiel, new CEO, said the raises do not apply to executive management.

Cost of the pay increase is $2.6 million.

It takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The hospital is projecting losses of $335,000 from ContinuCare, $887,450 from the Southside/Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers and $675,000 from Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital.  

Mr. Spiegel said, “There’s been a lot of focus based on operations in this budget. Our 2014 budget has been very, very challenging but it is more realistic, and we feel we can achieve it.”

He said he has plans to privatize certain areas of the hospital, including food service and housekeeping.

 

Erlanger officials said they have concerns about the effect of the Affordable Health Care Act on the hospital and state Medicaid expansion.


Britt Tabor, finance director, said,  “Any number of items – from state funding for disproportionate share, trauma services, essential access and Medicaid expansion - could have a significant impact on Erlanger’s budget.


 “This is the first year we are projecting a decrease in Medicare patient funding (of $1.9 million), which includes ACA mandated cuts, sequestration cuts and value-based purchasing specific cuts.”

 

Capital items include the addition of two Cath Labs at $2.5 million; the acquisition of a PET/CT Scanner at $2 million; a Special Procedures Suite at $2.5 million and continued development of Erlanger’s Surgery Department.  

Mr. Tabor said, “Each of these projects are expected to generate a large return on investment.”

Also planned are  an eight-bed expansion at Erlanger East, costing $2.3 million and Physician Office Building renovations and expansions, totaling approximately $1 million.

 

Of the $25 million allocated in this year’s “Centers of Excellence” capital budget allocation are almost $5 million each for Erlanger East and technology management improvements, nearly $3 million for cardiac care, more than $2.6 million for neurosciences and $2 million for oncology. 

 

Erlanger is budgeting an increase of 284 admissions, or  one percent over last year’s projected admissions.  

 

 


Pair Charged With Beating Man With Stick, Taking His Wallet

Two men are charged with beating a man with a large stick while he slept on the steps of a downtown church, then taking his wallet. Jerry Quincy Allen, 45, and James Leo Boas, 40, both of 727 E. 11th St., are charged with aggravated robbery. In the incident on Wednesday, Bradley Casehart said he and a friend were asleep at Tompkin Chapel Church on Palmetto Street. He ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Dec. 12-18

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Dec. 12-18: Marshall George Wilson, 53, of 75 Pineridge Drive, Rossville was arrested December 17 on charges of child molestation, rape and aggravated sodomy.   Stephon Q. Bishop, 19, of 122 Lilac Lane, Fort Oglethorpe was arrested December 12 on a probation violation. Anthony Lynn Duckett, 32, of 92 Breezy Trail, ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: God Bless Cathy & Co.

The secret to the whole thing is not getting caught but somebody at the Toys R Us store in Framingham, Mass., had a camera when Cathy O’Grady was very quietly paying off all the layaway balances at the popular location last week. The picture snaked its way onto social media sites and her friends quickly recognized the area’s most famous “layaway angel.” Then somebody in nearby ... (click for more)

Red Bank Falls To Riverdale, 77-64, In Rhea Tournament

(Story will be updated) EVENSVILLE, Tenn. – Red Bank basketball coach Nick Fike has a method to his madness. Fike has the Lions playing in this week’s Hoops Holiday Tournament at Rhea County High School and also will guide them in a tourney at White County later in the break from school.. “It’s all about getting ready for the district 6-AA tournament,” Fike said Friday ... (click for more)

McCallie, Cleveland lead McCallie Mat Tourney

Two former McCallie Invitational champs - host McCallie and Cleveland - are one-two in the team standings, respectively, and head into Saturday morning with a combined 13 wrestlers in the championship semifinals. McCallie, who last won this tourney in 2010 has seven wrestlers in the semis, while the Blue Raiders captured the inaugural event in 1981 under former head ... (click for more)