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Atlantic General Hospital Hires During 'Obamacare' Scare

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BERLIN, Md.- Many hospitals across the country are facing tough economic times. Dozens are expected to slash jobs and cut patient services. And in most of those cases, medical facilities are placing the blame on Medicare cuts and so-called 'Obamacare.'

On Wednesday, The Peninsula Regional Medical Center announced 58 layoffs. Bringing the total number of layoffs, in just two weeks, to 101. Hospital officials tell WBOC more is on the way.

But across the peninsula at the Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, it's another story. Despite the looming Affordable Care Act, they're hiring.

"It is a legitimate reason that the 'Obamacare Act' is driving hospitals to change in how their care is being delivered," said Atlantic General's CEO Michael Franklin.

Franklin believes hospitals are getting hit hard.

"We lost about a quarter of a million dollars per quarter," he said, and that's on the Medicare side of things.

But hospitals weren't blindsided, according to Franklin. In fact, Atlantic General has spent the past three years creating a safety net.

"We've been planning for it," said Franklin as we walked through the front lobby of the hospital. "We've been working toward meeting the standards that are being set."

Some hospitals have cut back on cost over the years by increasing this outpatient services. Meaning radiology, labs and physical therapy were slowly moved off campus. 

"We got grants to offset the cost and to hire more nurses to take care of our patients who really need the health care services," said Franklin. 

Although Franklin believes 'Obamacare' isn't the only reason for hospitals laying off staff, he said Atlantic General is trying to stay ahead of the curve.

AGH is holding an all-day open house on Tuesday, September 24 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for experienced registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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