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Salem Hospital Laying Off Workers

Salem Hospital
Officials say cuts target managers, in an effort to keep staff for patient care

From the Statesman
February 19, 2010 -- Salem Health and its Salem Hospital have eliminated at least 43 full-time equivalent positions, and more employees are working shorter weeks.

For the first time in nine years, Salem's largest private employer is facing cutbacks to avoid a budget deficit, but the hospital does not expect to cut any more jobs.

Salem Hospital to Cut $9 Million
Salem's biggest private employer might have to lay off staff amid record losses

Originally at October 19, 2009 -- Salem Hospital, the city's biggest private employer, is grappling with a streak of losses for the first time in years and considering significant cuts that could include layoffs, officials said.

Administrators expect the deficit trend to continue and are planning to reduce expenses by $9 million over the next year. The hospital's budget in 2008 was $463 million.

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