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395-person HMA layoff won't affect Central Pa. hospitals

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A 395-person layoff notice for the newly acquired Health Management Associates Inc. won't directly affect three Central Pennsylvania hospitals, according to Community Health Systems Inc.

Tennessee-based CHS finalized the acquisition last week, after which the notice was posted in HMA's home state of Florida. The listed effective date for the layoff is April 4.

"Community Health Systems' acquisition of Health Management Associates does not impact any hospital jobs," said Tomi Galin, vice president of corporate communications for CHS. "We are excited to welcome the medical staffs and employees at Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center to our organization. The hospital names and leadership teams remain the same, and most importantly, patients can continue to count on these hospitals for high-quality care, delivered by the physicians and employees they already know and trust."

Galin said the notice included all Naples, Fla.-based HMA corporate employees, including about 100 people who are being offered jobs with the combined company and people who have chosen to leave the organization voluntarily but did not plan to give notice until after the close of the transaction.

"As a result, even though the WARN notice indicates that approximately 400 jobs are affected, many of these individuals will have jobs in our organization or have already found other jobs, so the actual impact is much less," she said.

CHS has indicated that it expects HMA acquisition synergies of approximately $100 million during the first year of operations, with total synergies of more than $250 million expected to be realized over the first two years of operations.

Through its affiliates, Community Health Systems now owns, leases or operates 206 for-profit hospitals in 29 states, including Memorial Hospital in York for a total of four in the Business Journal's area. The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CYH.

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@cpbj.com

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