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Hospital lays off workers

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A spokesman for King's Daughters Medical
Center in Ashland says the hospital has laid off workers and is
closing at least one satellite center.
The Independent in Ashland (http://bit.ly/JQ8p4l ) says
spokesman Tom Dearing attributed the reduction Thursday to fewer
patients, reduced Medicare and Medicaid payments and other factors.
Dearing says patient care areas remain adequately staffed.
He would not say how many people lost their jobs but said the
move affects workers across the board, including some physicians.
The Service Employees International Union District 1199 said in a
statement that at least 69 employees represented by the union were
laid off.
Dearing says the Maysville cardiac center will close and a
shuttle bus system will replace valet parking at the hospital.
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Information from: The Independent,
http://www.dailyindependent.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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