Allentown hospital cuts jobs

September 5, 2008 4:32:43 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania hospital is laying off five percent of its 1,500 employees to try to cut operating losses and keep its doors open.

Spokeswoman Valerie Downing says 76 employees across departments at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown lost their jobs Thursday.

Fifteen others are being moved to different positions, 39 positions have been eliminated through attrition, and dozens of employees are having their work hours reduced.

Downing says the moves are expected to save the hospital about $5.7 million a year. A Moody's bond rating report says Sacred Heart had $6.3 million in operating losses in its last fiscal year, the fifth consecutive year of operating losses. The losses were down from $9.7 million the previous year, however.

Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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