20 employees affected by reduction in workforce at Owatonna Hospital; some employees laid off

Owatonna (Minn.) Hospital has trimmed its workforce in a business move that affected 20 employees and led to three or four employees losing their jobs, according to an Owatonna People's Press report.

Officials with Owatonna Hospital, a regional medical facility run by Minneapolis-based nonprofit healthcare system Allina Health, have attributed the layoffs to a decrease in inpatient numbers throughout the healthcare industry, according to the report.

"It became obvious that in order for us to continue to meet all of our financial obligations that it was going to require an adjustment in labor, and that’s our largest cost," Owatonna Hospital president Dave Albrecht told the Owatonna People's Press.

So the hospital got rid of what equates to 9.5 full-time positions through layoffs, attrition and, for some positions, less work hours, according to the report.

According to the report, 6 percent of the hospital's workforce was affected by the business move.

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