Contract Talks End In Stalemate; Nurses Strike

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - An agreement with Appalachian Regional Healthcare could not be reached by midnight and more than 750 nurses at nine hospitals in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia are on strike.

Pat Tanner of the West Virginia and Kentucky Nurses Associations says efforts to bring the not-for-profit hospital chain back to the bargaining table Saturday failed. She says that without a new contract, the nurses were prepared to go on strike.

ARH serves 350,000 residents in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and employs about 4,000 people in its nine locations. ARH hospitals affected by the strike include seven in Kentucky: in Harlan, Hazard, Middlesboro, Whitesburg, Morgan County, McDowell and Williamson. West Virginia hospitals affected by the strike are in Beckley and Summers County.

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