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Ballad CEO announces 255 new nursing jobs after cutting administrative staff

Johnson City Press • May 11, 2018 at 8:41 AM

Ballad Health has hired 255 new nurses in the wake of eliminating 150 administrative positions last month, the company’s chief executive officer announced Thursday on Twitter.

“A GREAT OUTCOME,” CEO Alan Levine tweeted. “While @BalladHealth reduced 150 mostly administrative positions last month, we also HIRED 255 new graduate nurses, who are now beginning to work. 105 NET NEW JOBS. As we said we'd do.”

Since the region’s two health care systems merged to form Ballad in February, leaders have been adjusting the business model for efficiencies. That included eliminating 150 filled positions in April and 49 others through attrition, as well as closing four urgent care clinics — in Johnson City, Abingdon, Kingsport and Greeneville — over the coming months.

About 42 currently filled positions will be eliminated as a result of clinics being consolidated. Those positions make up part of the 150 layoffs announced in April.

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