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Small Community Hospitals Feeling Budget Cuts

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By Jason Lamb

SMITHVILLE, Tenn. – Federal sequester cuts are causing a lot of hospitals in middle Tennessee to prepare for the worst -- particularly smaller hospitals.

Dekalb Community Hospital in Smithville is one of many small community hospitals facing uncertainty with those sequester cuts, as well as the future of the Affordable Care Act and Tennessee Medicaid expansion.

Job cuts at bigger hospitals like Vanderbilt have already taken place, and there's some worry that future cuts could force smaller hospitals to close.

Dekalb Community Hospital's CEO Sue Conley says she wishes politics could stay out of healthcare in a perfect world.

"It's people trying to manage healthcare and some have no experience doing that," Conley said.  "Something that sounds good on paper is not always practical."

The CEO says because of the budget cuts, she has had to cut open positions, but she hasn't yet had to lay anyone off.


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