Massachusetts hospital to lay off 64 with closure of transitional care unit

Brockton (Mass.) Hospital, part of Brockton-based Signature Healthcare, will lay off 64 employees when it closes its 29-bed transitional care unit, according to The Enterprise.

Leaders told the hospital's transitional care unit employees were told Tuesday the unit will close within three months. A department manager, three shifts of nurses and a part-time activities coordinator are among those who will lose their jobs when the unit closes, according to the report.

Rachel Labas, a spokeswoman for Signature Healthcare, told The Enterprise some of the employees who are laid off will be eligible for positions in two new units of the hospital: an observation unit and an orthopedic unit.

Brockton Hospital opened the transitional care unit in 1997. However, due to changes in the way hospitals are reimbursed, the hospital has lost money operating the unit for the past several years.

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