Community Hospital forced to lay off staff

Community Hospital on Thursday announced it would have to lay off some staff members starting in January.

The numbers of layoffs haven’t been announced, but positions will be eliminated in areas that do not include patient care, spokeswoman Becky Jessen said.

The hospital has seen an increase of 44 percent of its uninsured patients, which has resulted in revenue loss for the hospital.

Laid off workers will work through the holidays, Jessen said.

Community Hospital in 2008 had 1,242 emergency department admissions and 13,529 emergency department visits. It reported 576 employees in 2008 with 256 physicians on its medical staff who work in 41 different specialties. The not-for-profit hospital run by a board of trustees offers comprehensive services including imaging and radiology, full laboratory services, full emergency department services, an intensive care unit and occupational health.


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