Although the Senate forgave between $27 million and $28 million of Schneider's debt, the hospital's interim CEO Angela Rennalls-Atkinson said the continued cuts to the hospital's General Fund appropriations is impairing the hospital.
said the hospital already was unhappy when the Senate approved a Fiscal Year 2012 budget appropriation of $22.5 million because it was $2.5 million less than was requested by the governor.
In December, the Executive Branch notified the hospital that the budget was further reduced by $641,430 - which resulted in cutting 11 positions.
said some were funded vacant positions, but at least four employees had to be terminated.
Last week, the hospital received notice that their budget is being cut again - this time by another $732,153 - bringing the total annual budget allotment to about $21.1 million.
Reductions in staffing levels will force the hospital to hire contractors - which cost triple what a permanent employee does - to continue the hospital's services, Rennalls-Atkinson
"This and any further reduction in allotments will definitely impair SRMC's
ability to maintain its current level and full scope of services," she
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THOMAS - Senators were upset Tuesday to learn that the hospitals were asked to use a form letter to dismiss employees that blames the 29th Legislature for the terminations.
Schneider Hospital Chief Executive Officer Angela Rennalls-Atkinson said in December she was notified by the executive branch that the hospital's $22.5 million General Fund operating budget - which primarily is used to pay employees - was being cut by $641,430.
When Adams gave the letters to Rennalls-Atkinson
to sign, Rennalls-Atkinson
did not like the language and asked if it could be changed.