Special to the Opelika Observer

The COVID-19 Coronavirus has had an impact on almost every person and every business, and East Alabama Medical Center is no exception.  During this unprecedented event, the inability to do business as usual with surgical operations and physician office operations, coupled with tremendous added expenses related to COVID testing, screening expenses, increased staffing expenses, surge capacity planning and operational expenses has significantly impacted the organization’s ability to generate revenue. 

EAMC President and CEO Laura Grill addressed this development with the following statement:

“In an attempt to avoid impacting frontline staff as we are seeing elsewhere in Alabama and across the country, we are making some temporary pay cuts.  I asked our senior leadership team to take the first cut and then we asked our employed physicians as well.  Then, yesterday, we communicated a reduction in pay to the rest of our leadership team—our directors and managers.  I am very hopeful that these cuts will be temporary and that business will return to normal in the near future.  However, leadership starts with all of us. I am immensely proud of our team and entire organization, and thankful for the support of our community as we navigate these challenges.”

For more information and updates, follow the hospital’s social media pages for updates or visit www.eamc.org.