Calais Regional Hospital Lays Off, Reduces Hours of 30% of Workers
Calais (Maine) Regional Hospital has laid off or reduced the hours of 30 percent of its workforce due to financial issues, according to a WLBZ2 report.
The cuts affected 86 employees, including 12 members of the Maine State Nurses Association. Four of those employees were laid off permanently, according to the report. Some of the hour reductions caused employees to switch from full-time to part-time status, according to the report.
Calais Regional is facing a $500,000 shortfall this fiscal year, and the cuts to its workforce will help the hospital break even by the end of the year, WLBZ2 reported. Declining patient volumes, an increase in charity care, reimbursement reductions and unpaid patient bills have all contributed to Calais Regional's financial woes.
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