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Tulare Regional lays off 16 in turnaround plan

Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive Officer and Sherrie Bell, Chairwoman and President of the Governing Board announced Tulare Regional Medical Cetner will layoff 16 employees.

“The Turnaround Plan is a commitment from all members of our Senior Management team,” said Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive Officer, Tulare Regional Medical Center. “The team conducted a comprehensive assessment of current productivity ratios, contracts and purchased services in order to make immediate improvements in our Fiscal Year 2013 Operations,” Bolouki reported.

Senior Management developed the Turnaround Plan in response to a $4 million loss in operations between May –December, 2012. “Although I am confident the Medical Tower will be completed with current funding strategies, it is imperative for the hospital to make operational changes to ensure sustainability,” Sherrie Bell, Chairwoman and President, Tulare Regional Medical Center.

The Governing Board announced support for Tulare Regional Medical Center’s Turnaround Plan which includes:

· Right Sizing

· Service Line Re-Engineering

· Expense Reductions

· Revenue Enhancements

The staff reduction includes 28 full time and 4.5 part-time active positions, most through attrition, resulting in a net personnel reduction of 16.

“The staff reductions are based on our current volumes,” said Shawn Bolouki. “These reductions will not compromise the quality of patient care provided at Tulare Regional Medical Center or any of our outpatient services,” Bolouki added.

No additional staff reductions are anticipated as part of this Turnaround plan.

The expansion of primary care clinics in west Tulare and Earlimart will create new Tulare Regional Medical Center employment opportunities. “Ideally, we will be in a position to rehire once our two new Healthcare Centers are open and the inpatient volume increase,” said Bolouki.

“Staff reduction is sensitive. It is the desire of the Board to engage our Medical Staff to ensure appropriate admissions and hospital based service utilization,” Bell concluded.

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