By SAMIRA JAFARI
Associated Press Writer
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The months-long nurses strike in Appalachia has taken a toll on at least two hospitals, forcing dozens of layoffs and one unit to close.
Officials at Appalachian Regional Healthcare say some patients are refusing to cross the picket line.
ARH spokeswoman Candace Elkins said the company's hospital in South Williamson on the Kentucky-West Virginia line has laid off 43 support staff, such as licensed practical nurses and clerical workers.
About 100 miles east of South Williamson, 17 workers have been laid off and the general medical unit has been closed at the ARH hospital in Beckley, W.Va.
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