Alabama hospital laying off 95

Union Springs, Ala.-based Bullock County Hospital is looking to become a rural emergency hospital and is ending psychiatric services as part of the transition, reported April 25.

To be designated as a rural emergency hospital, the facility has to close inpatient beds and keep its ER operating. Bullock's chief nursing officer, Amanda Trawick, told the Union Springs Herald the hospital has closed its adult and geriatric psychiatric programs — Bullock laid off 95 employees beginning April 9, according to regulatory documents filed with the state.

Bullock County Hospital is one of Alabama’s oldest rural hospitals and treats more than 12,000 patients annually, according to its website.

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