SARASOTA -- Sarasota-Manatee employees are not expected to be affected by layoffs announced by Community Health Systems after the company closed a deal to acquire Health Management Associates.
HMA filed to lay off 395 people Tuesday for employees based in Naples, but many of them don't work in Florida, said CHS spokeswoman Tomi Galin.
"The notice also includes about 100 people who will be offered jobs with the combined company, including many who will remain in Florida indefinitely," Galin said. "It also covers people who have chosen to leave the organization voluntarily, but who 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."
CHS announced Monday that it closed on its deal to acquire HMA, which ended HMA stock from trading on the New York Stock Exchange. CHS will now operate its Florida Regional Service Center that opened at 101 Paramount Drive in Sarasota to schedule appointments and handle billing for the 18 of the company's 25 Florida hospitals, which includes operating Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.
About half of the Sarasota center's employees are from Manatee County. That office is still hiring for more employees as part of an expansion, taking over duties from Naples and other offices.
"Those operations will continue -- and we are very happy to welcome the service center employees to our organization and look forward to working with them," Galin said.
The hospitals' names will remain unchanged as part of the merger.
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