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Parkland Hospital Board Votes To Withhold Perks

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DALLAS (AP) – Parkland Memorial Hospital’s board has voted to withhold perks from managers as it struggles to address patient-care deficiencies that threatened its federal funding.

Officials hope the move could save as much as $8 million.

Rank-and-file hospital employees may still qualify for annual merit increases ranging from 2 percent to 4 percent, at the discretion of their supervisors. However, some top managers will be excluded from those pay increases, including those who work in emergency and psychiatric care, nursing, regulatory compliance and infection control.

Parkland can avert a cutoff of Medicare and Medicaid by signing an agreement with regulators by the end of next week, allowing outside consultants to oversee mandated improvements.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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